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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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3294. FRIENDSHIP, Youthful.—[continued].

I find in old age that the impressions of youth are the deepest and
most indelible. Some friends, indeed, have
left me by the way, seeking by a different
political path the same object, their country's
good, which I pursued with the crowd along
the common highway. It is a satisfaction to


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me that I was not the first to leave them. I
have never thought that a difference in political,
any more than in religious opinions,
should disturb the friendly intercourse of society.
There are so many other topics on
which friends may converse and be happy,
that it is wonderful they would select, of
preference, the only one on which they cannot
To David Campbell. Washington ed. v, 499.
(M. 1810)