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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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4099. JEFFERSON (Thomas), History and.—[continued].
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4099. JEFFERSON (Thomas), History and.—[continued].

As to what is to be said
of myself, I of course am not the judge. But
my sincere wish is that the faithful historian,
like the able surgeon, would consider me in
his hands, while living, as a dead subject, that
the same judgment may now be expressed


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which will be rendered hereafter, so far as
my small agency in human affairs may attract
future notice; and I would of choice
now stand as at the bar of posterity, “cum
semel occidaris, et de ultima Minos fecerit
The only exact testimony of a
man is his actions, leaving the reader to
pronounce on them his own judgment. In
anticipating this, too little is safer than too
much; and I sincerely assure you that you
will please me most by a rigorous suppression
of all friendly partialities. This candid
expression of sentiments once delivered,
passive silence becomes the future duty.—
To L. H. Girardin. Washington ed. vi, 455.
(M. 1815)