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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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8915. WAR, Power to declare.—[further continued]
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8915. WAR, Power to declare.—[further continued]

The power of declaring
war being with the Legislature, the Executive
should do nothing necessarily committing
them to decide for war. [510]
To Vice-President Clinton. Washington ed. v, 116. Ford ed., ix, 100.
(W. 1807)


This extract, Jefferson explained to Clinton, defined
one of the principles that controlled his action
in the issuance of his proclamation after the attack
on the Chesapeake.—Editor.