Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with a patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government.
President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Mr. Pictet, February 5, 1803.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, pp. 35657 (1903).