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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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2671. ENGLAND, Perversity of Court.—[further continued] .
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2671. ENGLAND, Perversity of Court.—[further continued] .

We, I hope, shall be left
free to avail ourselves of the advantages of
neutrality; and yet, much I fear the English,
or rather their stupid King, will force us
out of it. For thus I reason. By forcing us
into the war against them, they will be engaged
in an expensive land war, as well as
a sea war. Common sense dictates, therefore,
that they should let us remain neuter:
ergo, they will not let us remain neuter.—
To John Adams. Washington ed. ii, 283. Ford ed., iv, 456.
(P. 1787)