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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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2844. EXTRAVAGANCE, Deplored.—
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2844. EXTRAVAGANCE, Deplored.—

All my letters [from America] are filled with
details of our extravagance. From these accounts,
I look back to the time of the war
as a time of happiness and enjoyment, when
amidst the privation of many things not essential
to happiness, we could not run in debt,
because nobody would trust us; when we
practiced by necessity the maxim of buying
nothing but what we had money in our pockets
to pay for; a maxim which, of all others,
lays the broadest foundation for happiness.—
To Mr. Shipwith. Washington ed. ii, 191.
(P. 1787)