During the throes and convulsions of the ancient world, during the agonizing spasms of infuriated man, seeking through blood and slaughter his long-lost liberty, it was not wonderful that the agitation of the billows should reach even this distant and peaceful shore; that this should be more felt and feared by some and less by others, and should divide opinions as to measures of safety.
I shall often go wrong through defect of judgment. Republican principles would be advanced by Republican opinions. But he was also a highly skilled political operator, determined, whatever the seemingly apolitical Thomas jeffersons first inaugural address of his speech, to advance the cause of his growing Republican faction.
The House convened in Washington on Feb. Napoleon had played Washington against Madrid to see what he could get, but by Spain was his ally. When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. Jefferson believed that to be so by Novemberbecause Burr had been rumored to be variously plotting with some western states to secede for an independent empire, or to raise a filibuster to conquer Mexico.
Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind.
Having been dropped from the Democratic-Republican ticket, Burr ran for the position of Governor of New York in an April election. A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful land, traversing all the seas with the rich productions of their industry, engaged in commerce with nations who feel power and forget right, advancing rapidly to destinies beyond the reach of mortal eye -- when I contemplate these transcendent objects, and see the honor, the happiness, and the hopes of this beloved country committed to the issue and the auspices of this day, I shrink from the contemplation, and humble myself before the magnitude of the undertaking.
Revelations of the bribe which Jefferson offered to France over the matter provoked outrage and weakened Jefferson's hand, and he subsequently gave up on Florida. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations.
The two Burr indictments were "quietly allowed to die". Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.
Relying, then, on the patronage of your good will, I advance with obedience to the work, ready to retire from it whenever you become sensible how much better choice it is in your power to make. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?
In a report to Congress JanuaryJefferson declared Burr's guilt "placed beyond question". I ask your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentional, and your support against the errors of others, who may condemn what they would not if seen in all its parts.
The approbation implied by your suffrage is a great consolation to me for the past, and my future solicitude will be to retain the good opinion of those who have bestowed it in advance, to conciliate that of others by doing them all the good in my power, and to be instrumental to the happiness and freedom of all.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. None of this is meant to suggest that Jefferson's Inaugural Address was little more than a pious sham.Departing significantly in form and substance from those of his two predecessors, Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address established the formula that was used by all American presidents until Lincoln.
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The Inaugural Addresses of President Thomas Jefferson, and Jefferson's first inauguration, on March 4,was the first to be held in the nation's new capital, Washington, The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson.
University Press of Kansas. Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address In the Washington, D.C. Wednesday, March 4, Chief Justice John Marshall administered the first executive oath of office ever taken in the new federal city in the new Senate Chamber (now the Old Supreme Court Chamber) of the partially built Capitol building.
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First Inaugural Address March 4, FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CITIZENS, Called upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which.
First Inaugural Address. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 17 February to 30 April Called upon to undertake the duties of the first Executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been.Download