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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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1489. CONFEDERATION, The States' Committee.—[further continued].
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1489. CONFEDERATION, The States' Committee.—[further continued].

A Committee [of the States] was appointed who entered on duty
on the subsequent adjournment of Congress
[in 1784], quarrelled very soon, split, into two
parties, abandoned their post, and left the
government without any visible head until the
next meeting in Congress. [92] We have since
seen the same thing take place in the Directory
of France; and I believe it will forever
take place in any Executive consisting of a
plurality. Our plan best, I believe, combines
wisdom and practicability, by providing a
plurality of Counsellors, but a single Arbiter
for ultimate decision.—
Autobiography. Washington ed. i, 54. Ford ed., i, 75.


Jefferson adds that in speaking of this disruption
of the Committee with Franklin in Paris, the latter
told the famous story of the Eddystone lighthouse