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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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6171. OFFICE-HOLDERS, Reduction.—[continued].

When we consider that
this government is charged with the eternal
and mutual relations only of these States;
that the States themselves have principal care
of our persons, our property, and our reputation,
constituting the great field of human
concerns, we may well doubt whether our
organization is not too complicated, too expensive;
whether offices and officers have not
been multiplied unnecessarily, and sometimes
injuriously to the service they were meant
to promote. I will cause to be laid before
you an essay towards a statement of those
who, under public employment of various
kinds, draw money from the treasury or from
our citizens.—
First Annual Message. Washington ed. viii, 9. Ford ed., viii, 120.
(Dec. 1801)