Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia

Every species of government has its specific principles. Ours perhaps are more peculiar than those of any other in the universe. It is a composition of the freest principles of the English constitution, with others derived from natural right and natural reason. To these nothing can be more opposed than the maxims of absolute monarchies. … the minds of our citizens may be ripening for a complete emancipation of human nature.

[Query VIII, “Population” ]

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January 1, 1782 to December 31, 1782
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