On the subject of the history of the American Revolution, you ask who shall write it? Who can write it? And who will ever be able to write it? Nobody, except merely its external facts… all its councils, designs and discussions having been conducted by Congress [behind] closed doors – and no members, as far as I know, having even made notes of them. These, which are the life and soul of history, must forever be unknown.

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On the subject of the history of the American Revolution, you ask who shall write it? Who can write it? And who will ever be able to write it? Nobody, except merely its external facts… all its councils, designs and discussions having been conducted by Congress [behind] closed doors – and no members, as far as I know, having even made notes of them. These, which are the life and soul of history, must forever be unknown.

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– Thomas Jefferson