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“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry…has acquired too much…is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association…”

Thomas Jefferson

To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.


Year: 1816
Context: letter to Joseph Milligan
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