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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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2234. DISCRETION, Exercise of.—

operations at such a distance [case of Naval
Agent Eaton in Tripoli], it becomes necessary
to leave much to the discretion of the agents
employed, but events may still turn up beyond
the limits of that discretion. Unable in such
case to consult his government, a zealous
citizen will act as he believes that would
direct him were it apprised of the circumstances,
and will take on himself the responsibility.
In all these cases, the purity and
patriotism of the motives should shield the
agent from blame, and even secure the sanction
where the error is not too injurious. [146]
Special Message. Washington ed. viii, 56.
(P. 1806)


In this message, Jefferson laid before Congress
the case of Hamet Caramalli, with whom Eaton, as
the agent of the U. S. Government, had cooperated
in the attempt to recover his throne from the usurping
Bashaw of Tripoli.—Editor.