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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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2785. EXCISE LAW, Odious.—
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2785. EXCISE LAW, Odious.—

The accumulation
of debt * * * [created by
the Assumption] has obliged [us] * * * to resort to an excise law, of odious character
with the people, partial in its operation, unproductive
unless enforced by arbitrary and vexatious
means, and committing the authority


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of the government in parts where resistance
is most probable, and coercion least practicable.—
To President Washington. Washington ed. iii, 361. Ford ed., vi, 2.
(Pa., May. 1702)