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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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3776. HONESTY, Individual.—
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3776. HONESTY, Individual.—

I know
but one code of morality for men, whether
acting singly or collectively. He who says
I will be a rogue when I act in company with
a hundred others, but an honest man when
I act alone, will be believed in the former
assertion, but not in the latter. I would say
with the poet, “hic niger est, hunc tu Romane
If the morality of one man produces
a just line of conduct in him, acting
individually, why should not the morality of
one hundred men produce a just line of conduct
in them, acting together?—
To James Madison. Washington ed. iii, 99. Ford ed., v, 111.
(P. 1789)