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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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3086. FORMALITIES, Principles and.—
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3086. FORMALITIES, Principles and.—

No government can disregard formalities
more than ours. But when formalities are
attacked with a view to change principles,
* * * it becomes material to defend formalities.
They would be no longer trifles,
if they could, in defiance of the national will,
continue a foreign agent among us whatever
might be his course of action.—
To E. C. Genet. Washington ed. iv, 92. Ford ed., vi, 464.
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