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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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7336. REPUBLICANISM (Partisan), Corruption.—

How long we can hold our
ground I do not know. We are not incorruptible;
on the contrary, corruption is making
sensible though silent progress. Offices are
as acceptable in Virginia as elsewhere, and
whenever a man has cast a longing eye on
them, a rottonness begins in his conduct.—
To Tench Coxe. Ford ed., vii, 380.
(M. May. 1799)