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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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9100. WESTERN TERRITORY, Inhabitants.—
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9100. WESTERN TERRITORY, Inhabitants.—

I wish to see the Western country
in the hands of people well disposed, who
know the value of the connection between that
and the maritime States and who wish to cultivate
it. I consider their happiness as bound
up together, and that every measure should be
taken which may draw the bands of union tighter.
It will be an efficacious one to receive
them into Congress, as I perceive they are about
to desire. If to this be added an honest and
disinterested conduct in Congress, as to everything
relating to them, we may hope for a perfect
To John Brown. Washington ed. ii, 395. Ford ed., v, 16.
(P. 1788)