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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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2690. ENGLAND, Subjugation of.—
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2690. ENGLAND, Subjugation of.—

The subjugation of England would, indeed,


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be a general calamity. But happily it is impossible.
Should it end in her being only republicanized,
I know not on what principle
a true republican of our country could lament
it, whether he considers it as extending
the blessings of a purer government to other
portions of mankind, or strengthening the
cause of liberty in our own country by the
influence of that example. I do not, indeed,
wish to see any nation have a form of government
forced on them; but if it is to be
done, I should rejoice at its being a freer
one. [170]
To Peregrine Fitzhugh. Washington ed. iv, 217. Ford ed., vii, 211.
(Pa., Feb. 1798)


Jefferson was writing on the meditated invasion
of England by France.—Editor.