Note on the National Debt
Without pretending to minute exactness we may say that strike off the assumption which is 3/9 of the whole debt foreign and domestic, borrow money to pay the residue at ⅔ of the interest, which is equivalent to getting rid of two of the remaining 6/9 and our real debt would have been 4/9 of what it now is.1 The surplus of moderate2 taxes after supporting government and paying the interest of the real debt, honorably yet prudently used at market might have made sensible impression on the remaining capital of debt: so as to leave no hazard in pronouncing3 that the debt is three what it needed to have been.
MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 72: 12593); undated scrap entirely in TJ's hand; apparently unrelated list written perpendicularly at foot of text: “Rittenh. Maroc.”
- At this point “Another ninth might have b” is canceled.
- Word added in the margin.
- Preceding five words substituted for “authorized the affirmation.”