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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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9. ABUSE, Newspaper.—
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9. ABUSE, Newspaper.—

It is hardly
necessary to caution you to let nothing of
mine get before the public: a single sentence
got hold of by the “Porcupines,” [1] will suffice
to abuse and persecute me in their papers
for months.—
To John Taylor. Washington ed. iv, 248. Ford ed., vii, 266.
(Pa., 1798)

See Libels, Ministers, Newspapers and Slander.


“Peter Porcupine” was the pen-name of William