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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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2705. ENTAIL IN VIRGINIA, Abolition.—[continued].
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2705. ENTAIL IN VIRGINIA, Abolition.—[continued].

The repeal of the laws
of entail would prevent the accumulation and
perpetuation of wealth, in select families, and
preserve the soil of the country from being
daily more and more absorbed in mortmain. [171]
Autobiography. Washington ed. i, 49. Ford ed., i, 69.


The bill for the abolition of entails was one of the
measures of which Jefferson wrote in his Autobiography
(i, 49,) as follows: “I considered four of these
bills [of the Revised Code of Va.], passed or reported,
as forming a system by which every fibre
would be eradicated of ancient or future aristocracy;
and a foundation laid for a government
truly republican; and all this would be effected without
the violation of a single natural right of any one
individual citizen.” The other three bills were those
abrogating the right of Primogeniture, establishing
Religious Freedom, and providing a system of
general education.—Editor.