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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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3592. GOVERNMENTS (American), Ward administration.—

The elementary republics
of the wards, the county republics,
the State republics, and the Republic of the
Union, would form a gradation of authorities,
standing each on the basis of law, holding
every one its delegated share of powers,
and constituting truly a system of fundamental
balances and checks for the government.
Where every man is a sharer in the
direction of his ward-republic, or of some
of the higher ones, and feels that he is a
participator in the government of affairs, not
merely at an election one day in the year, but
every day; when there shall not be a man
in the State who will not be a member of
some one of its councils, great or small, he
will let the heart be torn out of his body
sooner than his power be wrested from him
by a Cœsar or a Bonaparte.—
To Joseph C. Cabell. Washington ed. vi, 543.
(M. 1816)


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