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Lot 46: Jefferson, Thomas. Highly important autograph letter signed as President, 1 page (9 ¾ x 7 7/8 in.)

The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector

by Profiles in History

December 18, 2012

Calabasas Hills, CA, USA

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46. Jefferson, Thomas. Highly important autograph letter signed (“Th: Jefferson”) as President, 1 page (9 ¾ x 7 7/8 in.; 248 x 200 mm.), “Washington,” 15 January 1802, “to the honorable President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Georgia”; browned; page folds reinforced and margins extended.

With great eloquence, Thomas Jefferson waxes profound on the superior structure of America’s government with the Constitution being the law and the life

Expressing his heartfelt appreciation to the Senate and Representatives of the state of Georgia for their support of his election to the chief magistracy of the United States, Jefferson writes in full: To the honorable the President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Georgia. Gentlemen.

The confidence which the Senate and Representatives of the state of Georgia are pleased to repose in my conduct, and their felicitations on my election to the chief magistracy, are testimonies which, coming from the collected councils of the state, encourage continued efforts to deserve them in future, and hold up that reward most valued by me.

State rights, and State sovereignties, as recognised by the constitution, are an integral and essential part of our great political fabric. They are bound up by a common ligament with those of the National government, and form with it one system, of which the Constitution is the law and the life. A sacred respect to that instrument therefore becomes the first interest and duty of all.

Your reliance on the talents & virtues of our republic, as concentrated in the federal legislature, that the public good will be it’s end, & the constitution it’s rule, is assuredly well placed; and we need not doubt of that harmony which is to depend on it’s justice.

I pray you to accept for yourselves and the Houses over which you preside my grateful thanks for their favorable dispositions, and the homage of my high consideration and respect. Th: Jefferson

An extraordinary letter embodying Jefferson’s idealistic democratic principles, which made him president. Jefferson’s firm belief in the superior structure of the government of America with the Constitution as its guiding light is clearly and concisely articulated. Jefferson’s conviction that state rights were an essential part of our National government could not be more elegantly and succinctly stated: State rights, and State sovereignties, as recognised by the constitution, are an integral and essential part of our great political fabric. They are bound up by a common ligament with those of the National government, and form with it one system, of which the Constitution is the law and the life. A sacred respect to that instrument therefore becomes the first interest and duty of all.

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