Believing that the happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace, that on these alone a stable prosperity can be founded, that the evils of war are great in their endurance, and have a long reckoning for ages to come, I have used my best endeavors to keep our country uncommitted in the troubles which afflict Europe, and which assail us on every side.
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Source Notes: Source: President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to the Young Republicans of Pittsburg, December 2, 1808.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. H. A. Washington, vol. 8, p. 142 .
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