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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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7685. RUTLEDGE (John), Chief Justice.—[continued].
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7685. RUTLEDGE (John), Chief Justice.—[continued].

The appointment of J.
Rutledge to be Chief Justice seems to have
been intended merely to establish a precedent
against the descent of that office by seniority,
and to keep five mouths always gaping for
one sugar plum; for it was immediately negatived
by the very votes which so implicitly concur
with the will of the Executive.—
To James Monroe. Ford ed., vii, 59.
(M. 1796)