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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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481. ARISTOCRACY IN VIRGINIA.—[continued].
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481. ARISTOCRACY IN VIRGINIA.—[continued].

You surprise me with the
account you give of the strength of family
distinction still existing in Massachusetts.
With us it is so totally extinguished, that not
a spark of it is to be found but working in the
hearts of some of our old tories; but all bigotries
hang to one another, and this in the Eastern
States hangs, as I suspect, to that of the
priesthood. Here youth, beauty, mind and
manners, are more valued than a pedigree.—
To John Adams. Washington ed. vi, 305.
(M. 1814)