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Give Me Liberty! Sources of Freedom History Center Sources of Freedom: Thomas Jefferson on Shay's Rebellion (January 30, 1787) In this letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, who was in Paris at the time, reflected on the "late troubles in the Eastern states," by which he meant the revolt of Massachusetts farmers led by Daniel Shay. As you read the letter, consider what Jefferson described as the grievances of these farmers. How did he propose to treat them? Why did he believe that a "little rebellion now and then is a good thing" and that the punishment for rebelling should be as mild as possible? My last to you was of the 16th of December; since which, I have received yours of November 25 and December 4, which afforded me, as your letters always do, a treat on matters public, individual, and economical. I am impatient to learn your sentiments on the late troubles in the Eastern states. So far as I have yet seen, they do not appear to threaten serious consequences. Those states have suffered by the stoppage of the channels of their
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