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AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Mr. Pictet, February 5, 1803.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, pp. 356–57 (1903).
SUBJECTS: Government spending