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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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2413. EDUCATION, The People and.—[further continued].
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2413. EDUCATION, The People and.—[further continued].

Nobody can doubt my
zeal for the general instruction of the people.
Who first started that idea? I may surely
say, myself. Turn to the bill in the Revised
Code, which I drew more than forty years
ago, and before which the idea of a plan for
the education of the people, generally, had
never been suggested in this State. There
you will see developed the first rudiments of
the whole system of general education we are
now urging and acting on: and it is well
known to those with whom I have acted on
this subject, that I never have proposed a
sacrifice of the primary to the ultimate grade
of instruction. Let us keep our eye steadily
on the whole system.—
To General Breckenridge. Washington ed. vii, 205.
(M. 1821)

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