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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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7437. RETALIATION, On prisoners of war.—
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7437. RETALIATION, On prisoners of war.—

This question [contest with Great
Britain] will not be decided by wreaking vengeance
on a few helpless captives but by achieving
success in the fields of war, and gathering there
those laurels which grow for the warrior brave.
In this light we view the object between us, in
this line we have hitherto conducted ourselves
for its attainment. [428]
Report to Congress. Ford ed., i, 494.


Ethan Allen and others were at that time prisoners
in the hands of the British army. The report
was not accepted by Congress.—Editor.