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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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465. ARISTOCRACY, Despised.—
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465. ARISTOCRACY, Despised.—

An industrious
farmer occupies a more dignified
place in the scale of beings, whether moral
or political, than a lazy lounger, valuing himself
on his family, too proud to work, and
drawing out a miserable existence by eating
on that surplus of other men's labor, which
is the sacred fund of the helpless poor.—
To M. de Meunier. Washington ed. ix, 271. Ford ed., iv, 176.
(P. 1786)