Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric . A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Thomas Ritchie, December 25, 1820.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, pp. 17071 (1899).
A similar statement is made in Jeffersons Autobiography, Writings, vol. 1, pp. 11213 (1892).