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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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2930. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, Shield of.—

Although under the pressure of
serious evils at this moment, the governments
of the other hemisphere cannot boast a more
favorable situation. We certainly do not wish
to exchange our difficulties for the sanguinary
distresses of our fellow men beyond the
water. In a state of the world unparalleled in
times past, and never again to be expected,
according to human probabilities, no form of
government has, so far, better shielded its
citizens from the prevailing afflictions.—
R. To A. Connecticut Republicans. Washington ed. viii, 140.
(Nov. 1808)