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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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3799. HORSES, Effect on man.—

The Europeans
value themselves on having subdued
the horse to the uses of man; but I doubt
whether we have not lost more than we have
gained by the use of this animal. No one
has occasioned so much the degeneracy of
the human body. An Indian goes on foot nearly
as far in a day, for a long journey, as an enfeebled
white does on his horse; and he will
tire the best horses.—
To Peter Carr. Washington ed. i, 398.
(P. 1785)