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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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5304. MISSOURI QUESTION, A breaker.—
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5304. MISSOURI QUESTION, A breaker.—

The banks, bankrupt law, manufactures,
Spanish treaty, are nothing. These
are occurrences which, like waves in a storm,
will pass under the ship. But the Missouri
question is a breaker on which we lose the
Missouri country by revolt, and what more,
God only knows. From the battle of
Bunker's Hill to the treaty of Paris, we
never had so ominous a question. * * * I thank God that I shall not live to witness
its issue. [328]
To John Adams. Washington ed. vii, 148. Ford ed., x, 151.
(M. Dec. 1819)


Mr. Adams replied as follows: “The Missouri
question, I hope, will follow the other waves under
the ship, and do no harm. I know it is high treason
to express a doubt of the perpetual duration of our
vast American empire, and our free institution; and
I say as devoutly as father Paul, esto perpetua, but
I am sometimes Cassandra enough to dream, that
another Hamilton, and another Burr, might rend
this mighty fabric in twain, or perhaps into a leash;
and a few more choice spirits of the same stamp,
might produce as many nations in North America as
there are in Europe.”—Editor.