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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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476. ARISTOCRACY, Royalty and.—
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476. ARISTOCRACY, Royalty and.—

The [French] aristocracy [in 1788-9] was
cemented by a common principle of preserving
the ancient régime, or whatever should be
nearest to it. Making this their Polar star,
they moved in phalanx, gave preponderance
on every question to the minorities of the Patriots,
and always to those who advocated the
least change.—
Autobiography. Washington ed. i, 104. Ford ed., i, 144.