We are endeavoring, too, to reduce the government to the practice of a rigorous economy, to avoid burdening the people, and arming the magistrate with a patronage of money, which might be used to corrupt and undermine the principles of our government.
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Source Notes: Source: President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Mr. Pictet, February 5, 1803.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, pp. 35657 .
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