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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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2893. FARMING, Absorbed in.—

If you
visit me as a farmer, it must be as a co-disciple;
for I am but a learner; an eager one
indeed, but yet desperate, being too old now to
learn a new art. However, I am as much delighted
and occupied with it, as if I was the
greatest adept. I shall talk with you about it
from morning till night, and put you on very
short allowance as to political aliment. Now
and then a pious ejaculation for the French
and Dutch republicans, returning with due
dispatch to clover, potatoes, wheat, &c.—
To W. B. Giles, Washington ed. iv, 118. Ford ed., vii, 12.
(M. 1795)