University of Virginia Library

Search this document 
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.;
3 occurrences of jefferson cyclopedia
[Clear Hits]

expand sectionA. 
expand sectionB. 
collapse sectionC. 
1937. CRIME, Lex Talionis and.—
expand sectionD. 
expand sectionE. 
expand sectionF. 
expand sectionG. 
expand sectionH. 
expand sectionI. 
expand sectionJ. 
expand sectionK. 
expand sectionL. 
expand sectionM. 
expand sectionN. 
expand sectionO. 
expand sectionP. 
expand sectionQ. 
expand sectionR. 
expand sectionS. 
expand sectionT. 
expand sectionU. 
expand sectionV. 
expand sectionW. 
expand sectionX. 
expand sectionY. 
expand sectionZ. 

expand section 
expand section 
3 occurrences of jefferson cyclopedia
[Clear Hits]

1937. CRIME, Lex Talionis and.—

They [the members of the Revision Committee of
the Virginia Code] were agreed * * * that for
other felonies [than treason and murder] hard labor in the public works should be
substituted, and in some cases, the lex talionis.
How this last revolting principle came
to obtain our [113] approbation, I do not remember.
There remained, indeed, in our laws, a
vestige of it in a single case of a slave; it was
the English law, in the time of the Anglo-Saxons,
copied probably from the Hebrew
Law of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a
tooth,” and it was the law of several ancient
people; but the modern mind had left it far
in the rear of its advances.—
Autobiography. Washington ed. i, 43. Ford ed., i, 60.


Jefferson was a member of the Committee.——Editor.