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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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1662. CONSTITUTION (The Federal), Approval of.—

I like much the general idea
of framing a government which should go on
of itself, peaceably, without needing continual
recurrence to the State Legislatures. I like
the organization of the government into Legislative,
Judiciary and Executive. I like the
power given the Legislature to leavy taxes,
and for that reason solely, I approve of the
greater House being chosen by the people directly.
For though I think a House chosen
by them will be very illy qualified to legislate
for the Union, for foreign nations, &c., yet
this evil does not weigh against the good of
preserving inviolate the fundamental principle
that the people are not to be taxed but by representatives
chosen immediately by themselves.
I am captivated by the compromise of
the opposite, claims of the great and little
States, of the latter to equal, and the former
to proportional influence. I am much pleased,
too, with the substitution of the method of
voting by persons instead of that of voting by
States: and I like the negative given to the
Executive, conjointly with a third of either
House; although I should have liked it better,
had the Judiciary been associated for that
purpose, or invested separately with a similar
power. There are other good things of less
To James Madison. Washington ed. ii, 328. Ford ed., iv, 475.
(P. Dec. 20, 1787 )