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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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4117. JEFFERSON (Thomas), Offices held by.—[further continued]

The President[Washington] observed, that though I had unfixed
the day on which I had intended to resign,
yet I appeared fixed in doing it at no great
distance of time; that in this case, [258] he could
not but wish that I would go to Paris; that
the moment was important; I possessed the
confidence of both sides, and might do great
good; that he wished I could do it, were it
only to stay there a year or two. I told him
that my mind was so bent on retirement that
I could not think of launching forth again in
a new business; that I could never again
cross the Atlantic; and that as to the opportunity
of doing good, this was likely to be
the scene of action, as Genet was bringing
powers to do the business here; but that I
could not think of going abroad. He replied
that I had pressed him to remain in the public
service, and refused to do the same myself.
I said the case was very different; he
united the confidence of all America, and
was the only person who did so; his services,
therefore, were of the last importance; but
for myself, my going out would not be noted
or known. A thousand others could supply
my place to equal advantage, therefore I felt
myself free.—
The Anas. Washington ed. ix, 133. Ford ed., i, 217.
(Feb. 20, 1793)


The French government was then complaining of
the unfriendliness of Gouverneur Morris, and Washington
deemed a change of ministers advisable.—Editor.