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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:329
AUTHOR:Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION:And lastly, let us provide in our constitution for its revision at stated periods.
ATTRIBUTION:THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 43 (1899).

  This letter favored “progressive accomodation to progressive improvement,” rather than following the examples of European monarchs, who “clung to old abuses.”
SUBJECTS:Constitution of the United States
 
 
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