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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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3585. GOVERNMENTS (American), Principles.—
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3585. GOVERNMENTS (American), Principles.—

Every species of government has
its specific principles. Ours perhaps are more
peculiar than those of any in the universe.
It is a composition of the freest principles of
the English constitution, with others derived
from natural right and natural reason. To
these nothing can be more opposed than the
maxims of absolute monarchies.—
Notes on Virginia. Washington ed. viii, 331. Ford ed., iii, 189.