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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ...that these two cardinal principles of free existence could only be carried into effect and preserved by an Intelligent and enlightened community, and hence he concerned himself throughout his entire life with public education, devising a common school system of education for Virginia among the earliest acts of his public life. As the means of preserving and at the same time illustrating his first great principles of self-government under the sanction of conscience, Mr. Jefferson determined to create for his native State a university in order that, through the enlightenment shed upon her life by such an institution, his first work might be made perfect. This, gentlemen, is why the father mentioned his best loved child last. The University of Virginia has always endeavored to carry out the views oí its founder. His university should be a pure Democracy, and it is. There is self-government in large measure even for the students, and there is absolute religious freedom. This has not produced absence of religion from the University of Virginia, but it has widened and broadened its type of religious thought until it may be said that the leaders of religious thought in the South, in every denomination, have come from the University of Virginia. I will only mention here Bishop Doggett, Bishop Dudley, John A. Broadus and Robt. L. Dabney for the four best known of these teachers. That this early training in self-government fits for after Hfe is shown by the fact that the University of Virginia, despite its relatively small numbers, has always had a larger representation in Congress and in the Senate than any of the larger institutions like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Pennsylvania or Michigan. It is a singular fact that in spite of all that Mr. Jefferson has done f...
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