The tree of liberty...(Quotation)

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"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, Paris, 13 Nov. 1787[1]

Footnotes

  1. PTJ 12:356. Letterpress copy at the Library of Congress: http://memory.loc.gov/master/mss/mtj/mtj1/008/0500/0515.jpg. A transcription of this letter from Ford is available at http://oll.libertyfund.org/Home3/HTML.php?recordID=0054.05#hd_lf054-05_head_086.