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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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454. ARCHITECTURE, Virginia Capitol.—[further continued] .
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454. ARCHITECTURE, Virginia Capitol.—[further continued] .

Do * * * exert yourself
to get the plan [of the Capitol] begun on,
set aside and that adopted which was drawn
here. It was taken from a model which has
been the admiration of sixteen centuries; which
has been the object of as many pilgrimages
as the tomb of Mahomet; which will give
unrivalled honor to our State, and furnish a
model whereon to form the taste of our young
men. It will cost much less, too, than the
one begun because it does not cover one-half
the area.—
To James Madison. Washington ed. i, 534. Ford ed., iv, 196.
(P. 1785)