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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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7451. RETIREMENT, Newspaper attacks and.—[continued].
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7451. RETIREMENT, Newspaper attacks and.—[continued].

It happened unfortunately
that the attack made on me in the newspapers
came out soon after I began to speak
freely and publicly of my purpose to retire this
Spring. * * * I find that as well those who
are my friends as those who are not, putting the
two things together as cause and effect, conceived
I was driven from office either from
want of firmness or perhaps fear of investigation.
Desirous that my retirement may be
clouded by no imputations of this kind, I see not
only a possibility, but rather a probability, that
I shall postpone it for some time.—
To T. M. Randolph. D. L. J., 215.
(Pa., Feb. 1793)