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The natural progress of things... (Quotation)
Note: This sentence is sometimes mis-quoted as, "The natural progress of things is for the government to gain ground and for liberty to yield."
- Kaminski, John P., ed. The Quotable Jefferson. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006.
- 1. "Yeild" is Thomas Jefferson's original spelling, and one that he used with a fair degree of frequency: there are approximately 70 usages of "yeild" in letters authored by Jefferson in the Papers of Thomas Jefferson in the years 1760-1802 vs. approximately 200 usages of "yield."
- 2. PTJ, 13:208-9. Letterpress copy at the Library of Congress.