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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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7471. REVOLUTION (American), Appeal to British people.—
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7471. REVOLUTION (American), Appeal to British people.—

In defence of our
persons and properties under actual violation,
we took up arms. When that violence shall
be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the
part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease
on our part also. For the achievement of
this happy event, we call for and confide in
the good offices of our fellow-subjects beyond
the Atlantic. Of their friendly dispositions
we do not cease to hope; aware, as they must
be, that they have nothing more to expect
from the same common enemy, than the


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humble favor of being last devoured.—
Declaration on Taking up Arms. Ford ed., i, 475.
(July. 1775)