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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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8924. WAR, Reason and.—
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8924. WAR, Reason and.—

The large
strides of late taken by the legislature of Great
Britain towards establishing over these Colonies
their absolute rule, and the hardiness of
the present attempt to effect by force of arms
what by law or right they could never effect,
render it necessary for us also to change
the ground of opposition, and to close with
their last appeal from reason to arms.—
Declaration on Taking up Arms. Ford ed., i, 462.
(July. 1775)