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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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3168. FRANCE, Reliance on.—

Washington observed [that] there was no nation
on whom we could rely, at all times, but
France; and that, if we did not prepare in
time some support, in the event of rupture
with Spain and England, we might be charged
with a criminal negligence. I was much
pleased with the tone of these observations.
It was the very doctrine which had been my
polar star, and I did not need the successes of
the republican arms in France, lately announced
to us. to bring me to these sentiments
* * * I, therefore, expressed to the President
my cordial approbation of these ideas.—
The Anas. Washington ed. ix, 128. Ford ed., i, 212.
( Dec. 1792)