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Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p. 322.

“On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the
time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested
in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out
of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in
which it was passed.”


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