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Land and Employment

As yet our manufacturers are as much at their ease, as independent and moral as our agricultural inhabitants, and they will continue so as long as there are vacant lands for them to resort to; because whenever it shall be attempted by the other classes to reduce them to the minimum of subsistence, they will quit their trades and go to laboring the earth.
- Thomas Jefferson to Mr. Lithson, January 4, 1805, in The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (New York, 1854), Volume 4, p. 564; and in Albert Bergh, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Washington D.C., 1907), 11:55, quoted in John Boles, Jefferson, p. 386


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