A Founding Father’s Lesson: The Monarchist as Common Enemy

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This weekend, a friend of mine spent a few tens of thousands of dollars buying a piece of American history at the Potomack Auction House in Alexandria, Virginia. He had been tipped off by Emily Heil’s recent Washington Post article that a letter written by then President Thomas Jefferson to another founding father, John Dickinson, was for sale. As Heil points out, the letter expresses Jefferson’s view of seeing political competitors, essentially, as rival sides of a single coin.  He…