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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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7931. SLAVERY, Abolition of.—[further continued] .
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7931. SLAVERY, Abolition of.—[further continued] .

What a stupendous, what
an incomprehensible machine is man! who can
endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment, and
death itself, in vindication of his own liberty,
and, the next moment, be deaf to all those
motives whose power supported him through
his trial, and inflict on his fellow men a bondage,
one hour of which is fraught with more
misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion
to oppose. [453]
To M. de Meunier. Washington ed. ix, 279. Ford ed., iv, 185.
(P. 1786)


The reference is to the passage of the slave bill
by the Virginia Legislature without the emancipation