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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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7327. REPUBLICANISM ( Governmental ), Catholic principle of.—
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7327. REPUBLICANISM ( Governmental ), Catholic principle of.—

The catholic
principle of republicanism is that every
people may establish what form of government
they please, and change it as they
please, the will of the nation being the only
thing essential. [419]
The Anas. Washington ed. ix, 129. Ford ed., i, 214.


“I took the occasion,” says Jefferson, “furnished
by Pinckney's letter of Sep. 19, asking instructions
how to conduct himself with respect to the French
Revolution to lay down this principle.”—Editor.