“…to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy… The constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots.”
A mixed media drawing composite by Douglas Rickard.
Picture Quote Source: Thomas Jefferson. In a letter to William Charles Jarvis, September 28, 1820. Henry Augustine Washington, editor “The Writings of Thomas Jefferson: being his autobiography, correspondence, reports, messages, addresses, and other writings, official and private. Published by the order of the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, from the original manuscripts, deposited in the Department of State.” (New York: Derby & Jackson, 119 Nassau Street, 1859), p. 178. Albert Ellery Bergh, editor “The Writings of Thomas Jefferson” (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol XV, p, 277.