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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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2809. EXECUTIVE, French Directory.—[continued].

I had formerly looked
with great interest to the experiment which
was going on in France of an Executive Directory,
while that of a single elective Executive
was under trial here. I thought the issue
of them might fairly decide the question between
the two modes. But the untimely fate
of that establishment cut short the experiment.
I have not, however, been satisfied
whether the dissensions of that Directory
(and which I fear are incident to a plurality)
were not the most effective cause of the successful
usurpations which overthrew them.
It is certainly one of the most interesting
questions to a republican, and worthy of great
To Judge Woodward. Washington ed. v, 449.
(M. May. 1809)