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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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4214. JURY (Trial by), Selection of Jurors.—[further continued] .
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4214. JURY (Trial by), Selection of Jurors.—[further continued] .

I enclose you a petition
for a reformation in the manner of appointing
our juries, and a remedy against the jury of
all nations.
* * * I know it will require
but little ingenuity to make objections to the
details of its execution; but do not be discouraged
by small difficulties; make it as perfect
as you can at a first essay, and depend on
amending its defects as they develop themselves
in practice. * * * It is the only thing
which can yield us a little present protection
against the dominion of a faction, while circumstances
are maturing for bringing and
keeping the government in real unison with
the spirit of their constituents.—
To John Taylor. Washington ed. iv, 260. Ford ed., vii, 311.
(M. 1798)


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