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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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3436. GENIUS, Higher.—
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3436. GENIUS, Higher.—

Though * * * I am duly impressed with a sense of the
arduousness of government, and the obligation
those are under who are able to conduct
it, yet I am also satisfied there is an order
of geniuses above that obligation, and, therefore,
exempted from it. Nobody can conceive
that nature ever intended to throw away a
Newton upon the occupations of a crown.
* * * Cooperating with nature in her ordinary
economy, we should dispose of and
employ the geniuses of men according to
their several orders and degrees.—
To David Rittenhouse. Ford ed., ii, 163.
(M. 1778)