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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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2444. ELECTIONS, Intermeddling with.—
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2444. ELECTIONS, Intermeddling with.—

From a very early period of my life I determined
never to intermeddle with elections
of the people, and have invariably adhered to
this determination. In my own country,
where there have been so many elections in
which my inclinations were enlisted, I yet
never interfered. I could the less do it in
the present instance, your people so very distant
from me, utterly unknown to me, and to
whom I also am unknown; and above all, I
a stranger, to presume to recommend one
who is well known to them. The people could
not but put this question to me, “who are
you, pray”?—
To Charles Clay. Washington ed. iii, 469. Ford ed., vi, 111.
(M. 1792)