Thomas Jefferson to Edward Coles, August 25, 1814:
This enterprise [the emancipation of slaves] is for the young; for those who can follow it up, and bear it through to its consummation. It shall have all my prayers, & these are the only weapons of an old man.
Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, September 10, 1814:
On the contrary, there is nothing I would not sacrifice to a practicable plan of abolishing every vestige of this moral and political depravity.