Requests for Information Related to Thomas Jefferson



>   Great page!  I am looking for a quote from Thomas Jefferson that I
> could put on my page.  I run a company that helps to get small
> businesses on the internet, and it is called with the
> slogan "Declare your Independence with Jeffersonet".  (It's not up
> yet...) Anyway I need a quote or quotes that I could put on the page to
> describe why people should be on the internet, or about the virtues of
> small businesses and how the internet would help them.  Any help would
> be greatly appreciated!

That's an interesting question, which a person probably should approach
in a little bit of a spirit of fun.  The first thing that comes to mind
is a slight editing of the Declaration itself:

"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one... to
assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to
which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent
respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the
causes which impel them."

That represents a slight twist on the original (even though not a word
was changed), but I think all would appreciate the good-natured humor of
the intention.

A couple of other quotes that might be appropriate:

"Let us... enjoy free commerce with the whole world." --Thomas Jefferson:
Reply to Lord North, 1775.

"I am for free commerce with all nations." --Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge
Gerry, 1799.

"Our interest will be to throw open the doors of commerce and to knock
off all its shackles." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia, 1782.

All of this would be using the quotes somewhat out of context, but that
would be entirely forgivable, in my opinion, by the good humor of it all.

Good luck!

Eyler Coates


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