I am a Christian, husband, father, scientist, church music leader, descendant of soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, and concerned American citizen. I greatly admire Thomas Jefferson (among other Founding Fathers) and seek to learn more about the real (as opposed to the mythical) Thomas Jefferson.
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Could someone please verify the following quote ascribed to Jefferson (with citation to the original document in which it is found)?
<i>On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed. – Thomas Jefferson</i>
The quote sounds somewhat like Jefferson, but the only sites I have found using it are political/social conservative sites, with no reference to the original document. That makes me suspicious of its veracity. Furthermore, there is no context for the quote, which makes me wonder what occasioned the comment by Jefferson.