After retirement, Thomas Jefferson engaged in the founding of the University of Virginia.

Opposition to Central College [later to become the University of Virginia] and to Jefferson’s plans for it was to be expected from the Scotch-Irish of Staunton, who wanted to make that little city the capital of the state as well as the site of the University, and from the Presbyterians of Lexington, seat of Washington College, which would be the “bantling of the Federalists.”

[Source: D. Malone, The Sage of Monticello (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1981), p. 249.]

From various sources:  n. a very young child; it is slang with a derogatory connotation, and may be derived from a German word for bastard.

This post is part of a series, in which I look up words from my reading.  These entries include foreign phrases, archaic and technical terms, and words for which my understanding is too approximate for my liking.

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