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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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3087. FORTIFICATIONS, The Administration of Washington and.—
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3087. FORTIFICATIONS, The Administration of Washington and.—

[Among] the heads of the [President's] speech [considered
in cabinet] was a proposition to Congress
to fortify the principal harbors. I opposed
the expediency of the General Government's
undertaking it, and the expediency of
the President's proposing it. It was amended,
by substituting a proposition to adopt means
for enforcing respect to the jurisdiction of
the United States within its waters. * * * The President acknowledged he had doubted
the expediency of undertaking it. * * * The clause recommending the fortifications
was left out of the speech.—
The Anas. Washington ed. ix, 182. Ford ed., i, 269.
(Nov. 1793)