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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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7193. REFORM, Moderation in.—

Things even salutary should not be crammed
down the throats of dissenting brethren, es
pecially when they may be put into a form to be
willingly swallowed. [414]
To Edward Livingston. Washington ed. vii, 343. Ford ed., x, 301.
(M. 1824)


From the time when Jefferson began his great
reforms in the Virginia House of Burgesses, the general
tendency and large lines of his purposes and
policy held with much steadiness in the noble direction
of a perfect humanitarianism. To this day
[1886] the multitude cherish and revere his memory,
and in so doing pay a just debt of gratitude to a
friend who not only served them, as many have done,
but who honored and respected them, as very few
have done.—Morse's Life of Jefferson.