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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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4122. JEFFERSON (Thomas), Offices refused.—[further continued] .
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4122. JEFFERSON (Thomas), Offices refused.—[further continued] .

The assurance * * * that my aid in the councils of our government
would increase the public confidence in them;
because it admits an inference that they have
approved of the course pursued, when I
heretofore bore a part in those councils.
* * * But I am past service. The hand of
age is upon me. The debility of bodily faculties
apprizes me that those of the mind
cannot be unimpaired, had I not still better
To William Duane. Washington ed. vi, 79. Ford ed., ix, 367.
(M. Oct. 1812)