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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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470. ARISTOCRACY, Evils of.—[further continued].
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470. ARISTOCRACY, Evils of.—[further continued].

To know the mass of evil which flows from this fatal source, a person
must be in France. He must see the finest
soil, the finest climate, the most compact
state, the most benevolent character of people,
and every earthly advantage combined, insufficient
to prevent this scourge from rendering
existence a curse to twenty-four out
of twenty-five parts of the inhabitants of this
To General Washington. Washington ed. ii, 62. Ford ed., iv, 329.
(P. 1786)