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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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7441. RETIREMENT, Called from.—
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7441. RETIREMENT, Called from.—

had folded myself in the arms of retirement,
and rested all prospects of future happiness on
domestic and literary objects. A single event
[Mrs. Jefferson's death] wiped away all my
plans, and left me a blank which I had not the
spirits to fill up. In this state of mind an appointment
[Minister to France] from Congress
found me, requiring me to cross the Atlantic.—
To M. de Chastellux. Washington ed. i, 322. Ford ed., iii, 65.
(Am. 1782)