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nothing in this State particularly seems to be less understood The present mode of cropping practised among us is destructive to landed property and must if persisted in much longer ultimately ruin the holders of it I have the honor to be & c TO HENRY LEE IN CONGRESS Mount Vernon 5 April 1786 MY DEAR SIR My sentiments with respect to the federal government are well known Publicly and privately have they been communicated without reserve but my opinion is that there is more wickedness than ignorance in the conduct of the States or in other words in the conduct of those who have too much influence in the government of them and until the curtain is withdrawn and the private views and selfish principles upon which these men act are exposed to public notice conduct as a soldier contributed so eminently to stamp a value on the labors of every American farmer and who by his skill and industry in
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