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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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2782. EXCISE LAW, Infernal.—
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2782. EXCISE LAW, Infernal.—

The excise
law is an infernal one. The first error
was to admit it by the Constitution; the second,
to act on that admission; the third and
last will be, to make it the instrument of dismembering
the Union, and setting us all
afloat to choose which part of it we will adhere
To James Madison. Washington ed. iv, 112. Ford ed., vi, 518.
(M. Dec. 1794)