Earliest known appearance in print: No known appearances in print. 1
Other attributions: None known.
Status: This quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson.
- Anna Berkes, 3/17/09
1. To establish the earliest appearance of this phrase in print, the following sources were searched for the words, "tyranny," "legal," "government," "illegal," and "citizenry": Google Books, Google Scholar, Amazon.com, America's Historical Newspapers, American Broadsides and Ephemera Series I, Early American Imprints Series I and II, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, American Founding Era Collection, American Periodicals Series Online, JSTOR.