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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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4293. KNOX (Henry), View of Federal Government.—
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4293. KNOX (Henry), View of Federal Government.—

In the course of our[the Cabinet] conversation[with respect to the manner
and place of swearing in the President], Knox,
stickling for parade, got into great warmth, and


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swore that our Government must either be
entirely new modeled, or it would be knocked
to pieces in less than ten years; and that as it
is at present, he would not give a copper for it;
that it is the President's character, and not
the written Constitution, which keeps it together.—
The Anas. Washington ed. ix, 139. Ford ed., i, 222.
(Feb. 1793)