Jefferson to Adams 1812 “opinions, which are equally honest on both sides, should not effect personal esteem”

May 5, 2007

THOMAS JEFFERSON, in a letter to John Adams, 1812

To me then it appears that there have been differences of opinion, and party differences, from the establishment of governments to the present day, and on the same question which now divides our country, that these will continue through all future times: that everyone takes his side in favor of the many, or of the few, according to his constitution and the circumstances in which he is placed, that opinions, which are equally honest on both sides, should not effect personal esteem or social intercourse…nothing new can be added by you or me to what has been said by others, and will be said in every age.

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