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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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3459. GEOLOGY, Imperfect knowledge of.—[continued].

I could not offer myself as geological correspondent in this State, because
of all the branches of science it was the
one I had the least cultivated. Our researches
into the texture of our globe could be but so
superficial, compared with its vast interior construction,
that I saw no safety of conclusion
from the one, as to the other; and therefore
have pointed my own attentions to other objects
in preference, as far as a heavy load of
business would permit me to attend to anything
To Thomas Cooper. Washington ed. v, 531.
(M. 1810)