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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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3289. FRIENDSHIP, Private.—
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3289. FRIENDSHIP, Private.—

I declare
to you that I have never suffered political
opinion to enter into the estimate of my private friendships; nor did I ever abdicate
the society of a friend on that account
till he had first withdrawn from mine. Many
have left me on that account, but with many
I still preserve affectionate intercourse, only
avoiding to speak on politics, as with a
Quaker or Catholic I would avoid speaking
on religion.—
To J. F. Mercer. Washington ed. iv, 563.
(W. 1804)