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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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3882. INCORPORATION, General welfare clause and.—
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3882. INCORPORATION, General welfare clause and.—

We are here[Philadelphia] engaged in improving our Constitution
by construction, so as to make it what the
[federal] majority think it should have been.
The Senate received yesterday a bill from
the Representatives incorporating a company
for Roosevelt's copper mines in Jersey. This
is under the sweeping clause of the Constitution,
and supported by the following pedigree
of necessities: Congress are authorized to defend
the country; ships are necessary for that
defence; copper is necessary for ships; mines
are necessary to produce copper; companies
are necessary to work mines; and “this is
the house that Jack built”.—
To Robert R. Livingston. Ford ed., vii, 445.
(Pa., April. 1800)