The American Scholar

Commonplace Book

I have no hesitation in saying that I have ever considered the [Electoral College] as the most dangerous blot in our Constitution, and one which some unlucky chance will some day hit.

—Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Hay, August 17, 1823

He who takes pleasure in tracing an etymology. Two workmen playing, in a café in the South, a silent game of chess. The potter, contemplating a color and a form. The typographer who sets this page well though it may not please him. A woman and a man,

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