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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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5429. MONOPOLY, Farmers General.—[further continued].
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5429. MONOPOLY, Farmers General.—[further continued].

The Count de Vergennes
said that the difficulty of changing so ancient
an institution [Farmers General] was immense;
that the King draws from it a revenue
of 29 millions of livres; that an interruption
of this revenue at least, if not a
diminution, would attend a change; that
their finances were not in a condition to bear
even an interruption, and in short that no
minister could venture to take upon himself
so hazardous an operation. This was only
saying explicitly what I had long been sensible
of, that the Comptroller General's continuance
in office was too much on a poise to
permit him to shift this weight out of his
own scale into that of his adversaries; and
that we must be contented to await the completion
of the public expectation that there
will be a change in this office, which change
may give us another chance for effecting this
desirable reformation.—
To John Jay. Ford ed., iv, 234.
(P. 1786)