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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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796. BEER vs. WHISKY.—
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796. BEER vs. WHISKY.—

There is before
the Assembly [of Virginia] a petition of a
Captain Miller, which I have at heart, because
I have great esteem for the petitioner as an
honest and useful man. He is about to settle
in our country, and to establish a brewery, in
which art I think him as skilful a man as has
ever come to America. I wish to see this
beverage become common instead of the whisky
which kills one-third of our citizens, and
ruins their families. He is staying with me
until he can fix himself, and I should be thankful
for information from time to time of the
progress of his petition.—
To Charles Yancey. Washington ed. vi, 515. Ford ed., x, 2.
(M. 1815)