Defending the Judeo-Christian Heritage, limited government, and the American Constitution
Thursday February 11th 2016

‘Patrick Lee’

He is a BIG problem, but I can put up with him.

He is a BIG problem, but I can put up with him.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Dear Sir The mad-man Stewart is again here. he has called on me for $:105—which I was obliged to let him have, or I supposed suffer him to go to Jail... Source: George Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson, November 16, 1801 ... I note & approve what you did as to Stewart. he is the best workman in America, but the [...]

Do THIS only, and the vast majority will support us.

Do THIS only, and the vast majority will support us.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... that all should be satisfied with any one order of things is not to be expected: but I indulge the pleasing persuasion that the great body of our citizens will cordially concur in honest and disinterested efforts, which have for their object to preserve the general & state governments in their constitutional [...]

Does government help or hurt?

Does government help or hurt?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP when we consider that this government is charged with the external & mutual relations only of these states, that the states themselves have principal care of our persons, our property, & our reputation, constituting the great field of human concerns, we may well doubt whether our organisation is not too [...]

5 steps to maintain public trust over public money

5 steps to maintain public trust over public money

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP In our care too of the public contributions entrusted to our direction, it would be prudent to multiply barriers against their dissipation, by appropriating specific sums to every specific purpose susceptible of definition; by disallowing all applications of money varying from the appropriation in object, or [...]

The value of skill and bravery combined!

The value of skill and bravery combined!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... you have shewn to your countrymen that that enemy cannot meet bravery & skill united. in proving to them that our past condescensions were from a love of peace, not a dread of them, you have deserved well of your country ... Source: To Andrew Sterett, December 1, 1801 Patrick Lee’s Explanation Wise [...]

Beware! The government will tax you into poverty!

Beware! The government will tax you into poverty!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... considering the general tendency to multiply offices and dependancies, & to increase expence to the ultimate term of burthen which the citizen can bear, it behoves us to avail ourselves of every occasion which presents itself for taking off the surcharge ; that it never may be seen here that, after leaving to [...]

Which is better, much knowledge or a little experience?

Which is better, much knowledge or a little experience?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am anxious to hear from you, lest you should have suffered in the same way now as on a former similar occasion. should any thing of that kind take place ... I know nobody to whom I would so soon apply as mrs Suddarth. a little experience is worth a great deal of reading, and she has had great experience and a sound [...]

Where is the beef? RIGHT HERE!

Where is the beef? RIGHT HERE!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... this morning arrived the quarter you were so kind as to send me of the Mammoth-veal . tho’ so far advanced as to be condemned for the table, yet it retained all the beauty of it’s appearance, it’s fatness & enormous size. a repetition of such successful examples of enlarging the animal volume will do more [...]

These two things are of supreme importance.

These two things are of supreme importance.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have safely received the copy of your history of the American revolution ... it is a happy circumstance for our country that it’s fortunes interest the eloquent writers of your country and through them find their way to the notice of the world ... inasmuch as to they presented to mankind the first example in Modern [...]

Your church is welcome here!

Your church is welcome here!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have recieved ... application the purchase of a site for a Roman Catholic church ... I have referred the paper to them , recommending to them all the favor which the object of the purchase would urge, the advantages of every kind which it would promise, and their duties permit. I shall be happy on this and on [...]

It always costs more than you expect!

It always costs more than you expect!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I consider ... the making a good gravel road from the New bridge on Rock creek along the Pensylva & Jersey avenues to the Eastern branch as the most important objects for ensuring the destinies of the city which can be undertaken ... 4000. D. for 4 miles of road were then estimated to be sufficient. but from your [...]

252 gallons of wine on the wall + 252 more!

252 gallons of wine on the wall + 252 more!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The term of payment for the two last pipes of wine being now at hand I have desired mr John Barnes of Georgetown to remit you in the first week of the month now about to enter seven hundred dollars ... if you have now remaining on hand any of the same quality I would gladly take two pipes more, payable at 90. days. [...]

Enough is enough!

Enough is enough!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am an enemy to all these douceurs , tributes & humiliations. what the laws impose on us let us execute faithfully; but nothing more ... Congress a full statement of every expence which our transactions with the Barbary powers has occasioned, & of what we still owe, that they may be enabled to decide, on a [...]

Let us observe Thanksgiving on December 9.

Let us observe Thanksgiving on December 9.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Whereas the Honourable the General Congress, impressed with a grateful sense of the goodness of Almighty God ... hath thought proper ... to recommend to the several states that Thursday the 9th of December next be appointed a day of publick and solemn thanksgiving and prayer ... I do therefore by authority from the [...]

Weak leaders avoid the tough calls.

Weak leaders avoid the tough calls.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have known mr Page from the time we were boys & classmates together, & love him as a brother. but I have always known him the worst judge of man existing. he has fallen a sacrifice to the ease with which he gives his confidence to those who deserve it not. Source: To Albert Gallatin, August 28, [...]

This is what I think. You decide.

This is what I think. You decide.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP have we a right to give passages generally to private individuals whenever a public vessel is passing from one place to another? ... these are my hasty thoughts on the subject. be so good as to weigh & correct them, & do in it what you think right.— Source: To James Madison, August 22, 1801 Patrick [...]

I am very anxious to obtain the disease here.

I am very anxious to obtain the disease here.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... inoculated two persons with the matter of the 24th. & 4. with that of the 26th. the latter has no effect, but the two former shew inflammation & matter. one of them complains of pain under the arm pit, & yesterday was a little feverish ... we have considerable hopes he has the true infection ... you [...]

Wrestling with hypotheticals is a time-suck.

Wrestling with hypotheticals is a time-suck.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP .... let it be known that a fact is authentic, & what is it’s exact character, & then we may act on real & not hypothetical ground. the real facts arising will occupy all our time. if we spend any in hypothetical discussions, we shall want time for real business. Source: To Robert Smith, August 14, [...]

No bones about it!

No bones about it!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have to ... congratulate you on the prospect you have of obtaining a compleat skeleton of the great incognitum , and zeal enough to devote himself to the recovery of these great animal monuments ... whenever your skeleton is mounted, I will certainly pay it a visit. Source: To Charles Willson Peale, July 29, [...]

Some are so jaded they gripe about everything.

Some are so jaded they gripe about everything.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP papers will make a noise about it . but we see they are determined to blame every thing ... & therefore consider their clamours … consequently not to be regarded. Source: To Benjamin Hitchborn, July 29, 1801 Patrick Lee’s Explanation Realistic leaders know some will always stand in [...]

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