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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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7933. SLAVERY, Abolition of.—[further continued] .
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7933. SLAVERY, Abolition of.—[further continued] .

I can say with conscious
truth that there is not a man on earth who
would sacrifice more than I would to relieve us
from this heavy reproach in any practicable way. The cession of that kind of property,
for so it is misnamed, is a bagatelle which
would not cost me a second thought, if, in that
way, a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected; and, gradually, and with
due sacrifices, I think it might be. But, as it is,
we have the wolf by the ears, and we can


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neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice
is in one scale and self-preservation in the
To John Holmes. Washington ed. vii, 159. Ford ed., x, 157.
(M. 1820)