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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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2786. EXCISE LAW, Resisted.—
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2786. EXCISE LAW, Resisted.—

people in the western parts of this State
[Pennsylvania] have been to the excise officer,
and threatened to burn his house, &c.
They were blackened and otherwise disguised,
so as to be unknown. He has resigned, and
H [amilton] says there is no possibility of
getting the law executed there, and that probably
the evil will spread. A proclamation is
to be issued, and another instance of my being
forced to appear to approve what I have
condemned uniformly from its first conception.—
To James Madison. Washington ed. iii, 563. Ford ed., vi, 261.
(Pa., May. 1793)