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Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – November 8, 1808

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – November 8, 1808

Oct 18, 2012

The Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: It would have been a source, fellow citizens, of much gratification if our last communications from Europe had enabled me to inform you that the belligerent nations, whose disregard of neutral rights has been so destructive to our commerce, had become awakened to the duty and true policy of revoking...

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – October 27, 1807

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – October 27, 1807

Oct 18, 2012

The Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: Circumstances, fellow citizens, which seriously threatened the peace of our country have made it a duty to convene you at an earlier period than usual. The love of peace so much cherished in the bosoms of our citizens, which has so long guided the proceedings of their public councils and induced...

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – December 2, 1806

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – December 2, 1806

Oct 18, 2012

The Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: It would have given me, fellow citizens, great satisfaction to announce in the moment of your meeting that the difficulties in our foreign relations existing at the time of your last separation had been amicably and justly terminated. I lost no time in taking those measures which were most likely to...

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – December 3, 1805

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – December 3, 1805

Oct 18, 2012

The Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: At a moment when the nations of Europe are in commotion and arming against each other, and when those with whom we have principal intercourse are engaged in the general contest, and when the countenance of some of them toward our peaceable country threatens that even that may not be unaffected by...

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – November 8, 1804

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – November 8, 1804

Oct 18, 2012

The Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: To a people, fellow citizens, who sincerely desire the happiness and prosperity of other nations; to those who justly calculate that their own well-being is advanced by that of the nations with which they have intercourse, it will be a satisfaction to observe that the war which was lighted up in...

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – October 17, 1803

Thomas Jefferson – State of the Union – October 17, 1803

Oct 17, 2012

To The Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: In calling you together, fellow citizens, at an earlier day than was contemplated by the act of the last session of Congress, I have not been insensible to the personal inconveniences necessarily resulting from an unexpected change in your arrangements, but matters of great public concernment have...