It rests now with ourselves alone to enjoy in peace and concord the blessings of self-government, so long denied to mankind: to shew by example the sufficiency of human reason for the care of human affairs and that the will of the majority, the Natural law of every society, is the only sure guardian of the rights of man.

Authentication Score 2

Original Citation

Jefferon, Thomas. "The Response." 12 Feb. 1790.

Current Citation

Jefferson, Thomas. "The Response, 12 February 1790." The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: November 1789 to 4 July 1790, edited by Julian P. Boyd. Vol. 16, Princeton University Press, 1961.