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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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546. ARMY, A standing.—[further continued]
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546. ARMY, A standing.—[further continued]

The Greeks and Romans had no standing armies, yet they defended
themselves. The Greeks by their laws, and
the Romans by the spirit of their people, took
care to put into the hands of their rulers no
such engine of oppression as a standing army.
Their system was to make every man a soldier,
and oblige him to repair to the standard
of his country whenever that was reared.
This made them invincible; and the same
remedy will make us so.—
To Thomas Cooper. Washington ed. vi, 379.
(M. 1814)