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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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3701. HENRY (Patrick), Eloquence.—

When the famous resolutions of 1765, against
the Stamp Act, were proposed, I was yet a
student of law in Williamsburg. I attended the
debate, however, at the door of the lobby of
the House of Burgesses and heard the splendid
display of Mr. Henry's talents as a popular
orator. They were great, indeed; such as I


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have never heard from any other man. He appeared
to me to speak as Homer wrote. [236]
Autobiography. Washington ed. i, 4. Ford ed., i, 6.


Jefferson in speaking of Patrick Henry to Daniel
Webster (Ford ed., x, 327) said: “He was far before
all in maintaining the spirit of the Revolution. His
influence was most extensive with the members from
the upper counties, and his boldness and their votes
overawed and controlled the more cool or the more
timid aristocratic gentlemen in the lower part of the