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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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7440. RETALLATION, On Savages.—
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7440. RETALLATION, On Savages.—

To do wrong is a melancholy resource, even
where retaliation renders it indispensably necessary.
It is better to suffer much from the
scalpings, the conflagrations, the rapes and rapine
of savages, than to countenance and
strengthen such barbarisms by retortion. I
have ever deemed it more honorable and more
profitable, too, to set a good example than to
follow a bad one.—
To M. Correa. Washington ed. vi, 405.
(M. 1814)