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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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410. APPROBATION, Undeserved.—
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410. APPROBATION, Undeserved.—

have never claimed any other merit than
of good intentions, sensible that in the choice
of measures, error of judgment has too often
had its influence; and that with whatever indulgence
my countrymen * * * have been so
kind as to view my course, yet they would
certainly not know me in the picture here
drawn, and would, I fear, say in the words of
the poet, “praise undeserved is satire in disguise.
” Were, therefore, the piece to be prepared
for the press, I should certainly entreat
you to revise that part with a severe eye.—
To Amelot De La Croix. Washington ed. v, 422.
(W. 1809)