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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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8778. VEGETABLES, Jefferson's diet.
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8778. VEGETABLES, Jefferson's diet.

—I live so much like other people, that I
might refer to ordinary life as the history of
my own. I have lived temperately, eating little
animal food, and that not as an aliment, so
much as a condiment for the vegetables, which
constitute my principal diet. I double, however,
the Doctor's [Rush's] glass and a half of wine,
and even treble it with a friend; but halve its
effects by drinking the weak wines only. The
ardent wines I cannot drink, nor do I use ardent
spirits in any form. Malt liquors and cider
are my table drinks, and my breakfast is of
tea and coffee. I have been blest with organs
of digestion which accept and concoct, without
ever murmuring, whatever the palate chooses
to consign to them, and I have not yet lost a
tooth by age.—
To Dr. Vine Utley. Washington ed. vii, 116. Ford ed., x, 125.
(M. 1819)