President Jefferson’s instincts were known to be against human slavery. From Edmond Bacon’s new work on Jefferson appears the following prophesy:
“No servants ever had a kinder master than Jefferson’s. He did not like slavery. I have heard him talk a great deal about it. He always though it a bad system. I have heard him prophesy that we should have just such trouble with it as we are having now.”
Similar prediction[s] have been made by nearly all the founds of the republic.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 3