The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country.
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Declaration of Independence, “Rough Draft” — p. 1
4 pages. National Archives, Washington, DC.
This document represents the form in which Jefferson submitted it, together will corrections, additions, and deletions made by Adams and Franklin, by the Committee of Five and by Congress.