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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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2638. ENGLAND, Growth of United States and.—
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2638. ENGLAND, Growth of United States and.—

Have you no statesmen who can
look forward two or three score years? It
is but forty years since the battle of Lexington.
One-third of those now living saw that
day, when we were about two millions of people,
and have lived to see this, when we are
ten millions. One-third of those now living
who see us at ten millions, will live another
forty years, and see us forty millions; and
looking forward only through such a portion
of time as has passed since you and I were
scanning Virgil together (which I believe
is near three score years), we shall be seen to
have a population of eighty millions, and of
not more than double the average density of
the present. What may not such a people be
worth to England as customers and friends?
And what might she not apprehend from
such a nation as enemies?—
To James Maury. Washington ed. vi, 467.
(M. 1815)


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