Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

When a uniform exercise of kindness to prisoners on our part has been returned by as uniform severity on the part of our enemies, you must excuse me for saying it is high time, by other lessons, to teach respect to the dictates of humanity; in such a case, retaliation becomes an act of benevolence.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 22, 1779, to William Phillips. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 3, pp. 45-46, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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