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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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4616. LEGISLATURES, Two chambers.—[further continued].
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4616. LEGISLATURES, Two chambers.—[further continued].

I find my countrymen * * * thinking with the National Assembly
[of France] in all points except that of a
single house of legislation. They think their
own experience has so decidedly proved the
necessity of two Houses to prevent the tyranny
of one that they fear that this single error
will shipwreck your new constitution. I am


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myself persuaded that theory and practice are
not at variance in this instance, and that you
will find it necessary hereafter to add another
To Duke De La Rochefoucauld. Washington ed. iii, 136.
(N.Y., 1790)