pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.–“
Declaration of Independence, “In Congress, July 4, 1776”
Read her here.
Compare with Jefferson’s “original rough draught“; (here with my comments.) Is the Declaration of Independence singed on July 4, 1776 the “watered down version” of Jefferson’s true beliefs?
“. . . but when a long train of abuses & usurpations, begun at a distinguished period, & pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to subject them to arbitrary power it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government & to provide new guards for their future security.”
Jefferson’s “original rought draught” is hosted by Princeton University here.