Quote from Thomas Jefferson 

"That this privilege of giving or of withholding our monies is an
important barrier against the undue exertion of prerogative, which if
left altogether without control may be exercised to our great oppression;
and all history shews how efficacious is its intercession for redress
of grievances and re-establishment of rights, and how improvident
would be the surrender of so powerful a mediator"

Quote by:
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source:
Reply to Lord North's Conciliatory Proposition, July 25, 1775. Papers 1:225 http://books.google.com/books?id=EMcTAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA472&ots=Rgp5EKZ-X0&pg=PA472#v=onepage&f=false
 
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