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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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2727. ERROR, Deplored.—

When I embarked
in the government, it was with a
determination to intermeddle not at all with
the Legislature, and as little as possible with
my co-departments. The first and only instance
of variance from the former part of
my resolution, I was duped into by the Secretary
of the Treasury [Hamilton] and
made a tool for forwarding his schemes, not
then sufficiently understood by me; and of
all the errors of my political life, this has occasioned
me the deepest regret. [173]
To President Washington. Washington ed. iii, 460. Ford ed., vi, 102.
(M. 1792)

See Assumption.


The assumption of the State debts.—Editor.