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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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8844. VIRTUE, Agriculture and.—

think our governments will remain virtuous
for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly
agricultural; and this will be as long as there
shall be vacant lands in any part of America. [505]
To James Madison. Ford ed., iv, 479
(P. Dec. 1787)


In the Congress edition, Vol. 2, p. 332, this
extract has been “edited” so as to read: “I think
we shall be so [virtuous] as long as agriculture is
our principal object, which will be the case, while
there remain vacant lands in any part of America,—Editor.