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How about “large armies of foreign mercenaries”?

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Regarding the army of mercenaries I wrote about in “Dreadlock in Baghdad” (September 18), Harry Byrne writes from Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania:

Dear Ward: From the pen of Thomas Jefferson:

“He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.”

Keep up the good work.

Thanks for reading, Harry, but look, this sounds like some typically liberal claptrap. Anyone can lift a quote from Jefferson. What’s the context?

Oh, wait, it’s from the Declaration of Independence.