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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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3380. GENERALS, Proving.—
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3380. GENERALS, Proving.—

The proof
of a general, to know whether he will stand
fire, costs a more serious price than that of a
cannon; these proofs have already cost us
thousands of good men, and deplorable degradation
of reputation, and as yet have
elicited but a few negative and a few positive
characters. But we must persevere till we
recover the rank we are entitled to.—
To William Duane. Washington ed. vi, 99.
(M. 1813)