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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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7452. RETIREMENT, Occupations in.—

In [retirement] I shall devote myself to
occupations much more congenial with my inclinations,
than those to which I have been
called by the character of the times into which
my lot was cast. About to be relieved from
this corvée by age and the fulfillment of the
quadragena stipendia, what remains to me of
physical activity will chiefly be employed in the


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amusements of agriculture. Having little practical
skill, I count more on the pleasures than
the profits of that occupation.—
To M. Lasteyrie. Washington ed. v, 315.
(W. 1808)