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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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2756. ESCHEAT, Bill concerning.—[continued].

The General Assembly
[of Virginia], though provoked by the example
of their enemies to a departure from that generosity
which so honorably distinguishes the
civilized nations of the present age, yet desirous
to conduct themselves with moderation and temper,
by an act passed * * * in 1777, took
measures for preventing * * * the property
of British subjects in this Commonwealth from
waste and destruction, by putting * * * [it] into the hands and under the management of
commissioners, * * * so that it might be
in their power, if reasonable at some future day,
to restore to the former proprietors * * * [its] full value.—
Escheats and Forfeitures Bill. Ford ed., ii, 183.
(May. 1779)