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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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7154. RANDOLPH (Thomas Mann), Independence.—
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7154. RANDOLPH (Thomas Mann), Independence.—

I am aware that in parts of the Union, and even with persons to whom Mr.
Eppes and Mr. [T. M.] Randolph are unknown,
and myself little known, it will be presumed,
from their connection, [411] that what comes from
them comes from me. No men on earth are
more independent in their sentiments than they
are, nor any one less disposed than I am to
influence the opinions of others. We rarely
speak of politics, or of the proceedings of the
House, but merely historically, and I carefully
avoid expressing an opinion on them in their
presence, that we may all be at our ease. With
other members [of Congress], I have believed
that more unreserved communications would be
advantageous to the public.—
To John Randolph. D. L. J., 293.
(W. Dec. 1803)


Sons-in-law of Jefferson.—Editor.