Lord Bolingbroke: A Tory Thinker That Jefferson Truly Admired

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2021-09-22

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Journal of the American Revolution

Abstract

Perhaps Jefferson’s admiration of Bolingbroke would help to bring us a better understanding of his 1801 First Inaugural Address, in which Jefferson famously said, “every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists. If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” A Federalist who is open-minded to the Republican principles would be a good Federalist, just like Bolingbroke, a Tory who is open-minded to the Whig principles would be a good Tory.

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Jefferson, Thomas, Tory, Whig, Constitutionalism, Political parties, St. John, Henry, Lord Bolingbroke

Citation

Recommended citation: Li, Haimo. "Lord Bolingbroke: A Tory Thinker That Jefferson Truly Admired." Journal of the American Revolution (2021). URL: https://allthingsliberty.com/2021/09/lord-bolingbroke-a-tory-thinker-that-jefferson-truly-admired/. Reproduced in accordance with the original publisher’s licensing terms and with permission from the author(s).