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Thomas Jefferson on lawyers agreeing

Can lawyers ever agree?
On every question, the lawyers are about equally divided, and were we to act but in cases where no contrary opinion of a lawyer can be had, we should never act.
Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1808, 129

Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Jefferson was a lawyer and practiced law from 1767 to 1774. Through the years, he made several cryptic comments about lawyers and their profession.
Albert Gallatin was Jefferson’s Secretary of the Treasury for both of his presidential terms, from 1801 – 1809.

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