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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:382
AUTHOR:Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION:I am for a government rigorously frugal & simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers & salaries merely to make partisans, & for increasing, by every device, the public debt, on the principle of it’s being a public blessing.
ATTRIBUTION:Vice President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 7, p. 327 (1896).
SUBJECTS:Debt
 
 
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