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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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424. ARBITRATION, Offer of.—[continued].

I began by offering to
Schweighauser and Dobree an arbitration before
honest and judicious men of a neutral nation.
They declined this, and had the modesty
to propose an arbitration before merchants of
their own town.
I gave them warning then,
that as the offer on the part of a sovereign nation
to submit to a private arbitration was
an unusual condescendence, if they did not
accept them, it would not be repeated, and
that the United States would judge the case
for themselves hereafter. They continued to
decline it.—
To William Short. Ford ed., v, 365.
(Pa., 1791)