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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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3031. FLORIDA, Acquisition of.—
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3031. FLORIDA, Acquisition of.—

Quesada, by order of his court, is inviting
foreigners to go and settle in Florida.
This is meant for our people. * * * I wish
a hundred thousand of our inhabitants would
accept the invitation. It will be the means of
delivering to us peaceably what may otherwise
cost us a war. In the meantime, we May
complain of this seduction of our inhabitants
just enough to make them believe we think
it very wise policy for them, and confirm them
in it.—
To President Washington. Washington ed. iii, 235. Ford ed., v, 316.
(Pa., 1791)