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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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287. ALIEN AND SEDITION LAWS, Unconstitutional.—
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287. ALIEN AND SEDITION LAWS, Unconstitutional.—

For the present, I should
be for resolving the Alien and Sedition laws
to be against the Constitution and merely
void, and for addressing the other States to
obtain similar declarations; and I would not
do anything at this moment which should
commit us further, but reserve ourselves to


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shape our future measures, or no measures,
by the events which may happen.—
To John Taylor. Washington ed. iv, 260. Ford ed., vii, 311.
(M. Nov. 1798)