The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 11

The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 11

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The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 11

The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 11

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Its versatility was one of the most striking features of Thomas Jefferson's exquisite mind, which was both telescopic and microscopic in its range and operations. Shakespeare has been denominated "the Myriad-Minded." That description may be applied to Jefferson without exaggeration or bad taste.

Lord Bacon declared that he took all knowledge for his province, which Jefferson appears to have done also, although he never so stated or intimated. His bent was toward Philosophy, and the Philosophical Society of Paris voted him a gold medal for inventing a plow with mould-board of least resistance.

Sir Isaac Newton is much and justly lauded by historians for devising a plan for milling the edge of coins; but Jefferson accomplished so many things of importance in so many fields of human endeavor that little mention is made of the fact that he invented our system of Coinage, Weights and Measures—based on the Decimal Notation—thereby conferring an inestimable boon upon his countrymen.

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