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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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2840. EXPATRIATION, A natural right.—[further continued] .
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2840. EXPATRIATION, A natural right.—[further continued] .

Early in the session [of
the Virginia Assembly] of May, 1799, I prepared
and obtained leave to bring in a bill
declaring who should be deemed citizens,
asserting the natural right of expatriation,
and prescribing the mode of exercising it.
This, when I withdrew from the House, on
the 1st of June following, I left in the hands
of George Mason, and it was passed on the
26th of that month. [184]
Autobiography. Washington ed. i, 40. Ford ed., i, 55.


This act is of constitutional and historical importance
as the first enactment placing the doctrine
of expatriation on a legal basis.—Editor.