|h. 11.||I am happy in observing the union of sentiment which has taken place in the great mass of our country, with some local exceptions only. the union of sentiment is now as general as can be expected among a people having the right to think speak & write with freedom: & perhaps as is desirable, some difference of opinion being useful as it assumes the office of Censor on the public functionaries & warns them against deviations from the line of duty. if violations of truth & decency sometimes offend the public eye, the laws of the states are sufficient for their punmt: but perhaps the enlightened & just estimate which the public is able to make of these outrages is the most efficacious agent for consigning them to oblivion|
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[3.] TJ here canceled “perhaps.”
[4.] Word interlined in place of “useful, a certain degree of.”
[5.] Word interlined in place of “performs.”
[6.] TJ here canceled “keeps them alive to.”
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[9.] TJ here canceled “public indignation.”
[10.] Word interlined above “indecencies,” which TJ did not cancel.