As they each played devil’s advocate in a debate over taking such a strong step toward the independence of the colonies, Filippo warned Jefferson, “If we do this, there will be no turning back.”
“I don’t believe I want to turn back anymore,” Jefferson responded.
With that the two men began spending intense hours bent over their quill pens writing their original essays and then editing each other’s work. Filippo wrote in Italian and Jefferson translated his words into English.
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