Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
I thought the work would be very innocent, and one which might be confided to the reason of any man; not likely to be much read if let alone, but, if persecuted, it will be generally read. Every man in the United States will think it a duty to buy a copy, in vindication of his right to buy, and to read what he pleases.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to N. G. Dufief, April 19, 1814.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 14, p. 128 (1904).
The letter concerned a new book by M. de Becourt, Sur la Création du Monde, which was potentially controversial, as it discussed topics of both a religious and a philosophical nature.