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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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459. ARCHITECTURE, Washington Capitol.—[continued].
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459. ARCHITECTURE, Washington Capitol.—[continued].

Dr. Thornton's plan of a
Capitol has * * * so captivated the eyes and
judgment of all as to leave no doubt you will
prefer it. * * * Among its admirers none is
more decided than he [Washington] whose decision
is most important. It is simple, noble,
beautiful, excellently distributed, and moderate
in size. * * * A just respect for the right
of approbation in the commissioners will prevent
any formal decision in the President till
the plan shall be laid before you and be approved
by you.—
To Mr. Carroll. Washington ed. iii, 508.
(Pa., 1793)