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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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change of political principles which has taken
place in many in this State [Virginia], however
much less than in others. I am still more
alarmed to see, in the other States, the general
political dispositions of those to whom is confided
the education of the rising generation.
Nor are all the academies of this State free from
grounds of uneasiness. I have great confidence
in the common sense of mankind in general;
but it requires a great deal to get the better of
notions which our tutors have instilled into our
minds while incapable of questioning them,
and to rise superior to antipathies strongly
rooted. However, I suppose when the evil rises
to a certain height, a remedy will be found, if
the case admits any other than the prudence
of parents and guardians.—
To Jeremiah Moor. Ford ed., vii, 455.
(M. Aug. 1800)