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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1590
AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: One half of our brethren who fight and pay taxes, are excluded, like Helots, from the rights of representation, as if society were instituted for the soil, and not for the men inhabiting it; or one half of these could dispose of the rights and the will of the other half, without their consent.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to John Taylor, May 28, 1816.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 30 (1899).
SUBJECTS: Representation