In his last letter Jefferson wrote,
All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.
The Italian Judiciary has debauched these considerations. They have ruled against the right to a fair trial. They have darkened the “light of science”. They have fabricated the truth, they have saddled mankind with the task of undoing their favored defecations. The representation-less conviction of Amanda and Raffaele in the trial of Guede has destroyed the grounds for hope of all.