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To draw around the whole nation the strength of the General Government, as a barrier against foreign foes, to equalize and moderate the public contributions, that while the requisite services are invited by due renumeration, nothing beyond this may exist to attract the attention of our citizens from the pursuits of useful industry, nor unjustly to burthen those who continue in those pursuitsthese are functions of the General Government on which you have a right to call.

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Source Notes: Source: President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Amos Marsh, November 20, 1801.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, p. 293 .

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