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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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8440. THIRD TERM, Rotation in office and.—

I am sensible of the kindness of your
rebuke on my determination to retire from
office at a time when our country is laboring
under difficulties truly great. But if the principle
of rotation be a sound one, as I conscientiously
believe it to be with respect to
this office, no pretext should ever be permitted
to dispense with it, because there never
will be a time when real difficulties will not
exist, and furnish a plausible pretext for dispensation.
You suppose I am “in the prime
of life for rule”. I am sensible I am not;
and before I am so far declined as to become
insensible of it, I think it right to put it out
of my own power. I have the comfort, too,
of knowing that the person whom the public
choice has designated to receive the charge
from me, is so eminently qualified as a safe
depositary by the endowments of integrity,
understanding, and experience. On a review,
therefore, of my reasons for retirement, I
think you cannot fail to approve them.—
To Henry Guest. Washington ed. v, 407.
(W. Jan. 1809)