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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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Two editions of Jefferson's Writings have been utilized in the preparation of this volume. One of them is
The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, edited by H. A. Washington and printed by the United States Congress in
1853-54. The other edition is
The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, collected
and edited by Paul Leicester Ford, and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons,
1892-99. The Ford Edition contains a large number of valuable letters and papers which are not printed in the
Washington Edition, while the latter gives many letters that are not included by Mr. Ford in his volumes.

The quotations in
The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia are credited to both works if they contain them. Quotations with a single credit are printed only in the edition indicated.

There are, in addition, some quotations from the
Domestic Life of Jefferson. These are marked D. L. J.

The name of the person written to is given after the extract as,
Abuse, “To Edward Rutledge,” then
the volume and edition where found are given, as “iv, 151,” refers to the
Washington Edition, while
“Ford ed., viii, 93,” is self-explanatory;
next the place and date are given, as (M., Dec. 1796) = Monticello, Dec. 1796.

The names of places from which Jefferson wrote are abbreviated as follows:

Albemarle, Va.,  Alb. 
Annapolis,  A. 
Baltimore  B. 
Chesterfield, Va.,  Ches. 
Eppington, Va.,  Ep. 
Fairfield, Va.,  F. 
Germantown  G. 
London,  L. 
Monticello,  M. 
New York,  N.Y. 
Nice  Ne. 
Nismes,  Ns. 
Paris,  P. 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 
Popular Forest, Va.,  P.F. 
Richmond,  R. 
Tuckahoe, Va.,  T. 
Washington,  W. 
Williamsburg, Va.,  Wg. 

In the quotations the mark * * * indicates an omission in the text.

Words not in the text, but supplied by the Editor are, in all cases,
enclosed within brackets.