The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 38: 1 July to 12 November 1802

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 38: 1 July to 12 November 1802

Series: Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 826
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    The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 38: 1 July to 12 November 1802
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    Volume 38 opens on 1 July 1802, when Jefferson is in Washington, and closes on 12 November, when he is again there. For the last week of July and all of August and September, he resides at Monticello. Frequent correspondence with his heads of department and two visits with Secretary of State James Madison, however, keep the president abreast of matters of state. Upon learning in August of the declaration of war by Mawlay Sulayman, the sultan of Morocco, much of the president's and the cabinet's attention is focused on that issue, as they struggle to balance American diplomatic efforts with reliance on the country's naval power in the Mediterranean. Jefferson terms the sultan's actions "palpably against reason." In September, he addresses the concerns of the mayor of New York City and the governor of South Carolina that free blacks expelled from Guadeloupe by the French will be landed onto American shores. Although he believes the matter will be dealt with by the states, he also instructs Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin to direct custom house officers to be watchful. In late August, Jefferson is alerted that he has been touched by the "breath of Slander," when James T. Callender's accusations appear in the RichmondRecorderand make public his relationship with Sally Hemings. The president offers no comment, and a month later returns to Washington, where he continues planning for an impending visit by his daughters.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-4003-8
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter (pp. i-vi)
  2. FOREWORD (pp. vii-xiv)

    In early October 1802, Thomas Jefferson returned to the capital after his customary August and September stay at Monticello to avoid the “bilious months” in Washington. While at home, he watched the ongoing construction of the house, settling his account with the stonemason for cutting and laying a floor, making payments for the work of the plasterer, and letting James Dinsmore know that the ornaments for the frieze of the bed chamber had reached Richmond. Jefferson was in regular and substantive communication with his cabinet during these months. The fragile and volatile state of relations with Morocco, Tunis, and Algiers...

  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (pp. xv-xvi)
  5. Table of Contents (pp. xxxi-xlvi)
  6. ILLUSTRATIONS (pp. xlvii-lii)
  8. 1802 (pp. 3-678)

    Dear Doctor

    Washington July 1. 1802.

    Your’s of June 19. was not recieved till the 28th. I immediately consulted with mr Gallatin and we concluded that it would be best that you should proceed immediately, or as early as you can, to New Orleans, where you will be able by your advice to assist mr Clarke in making such arrangements for the season, as it’s advancing state and our limited funds will permit. you consequently recieve letters by this post from the Secretary of the Treasury, one addressed to yourself, and the other to mr Clarke, with authority to draw...

  9. Appendix I: List of Appointments, [1 July-12 November] (pp. 679-683)
  10. Appendix II: Letters Not Printed in Full (pp. 684-684)
  11. Appendix III: Letters Not Found (pp. 685-689)
  12. Appendix IV: Financial Documents (pp. 690-692)
  13. INDEX (pp. 693-756)
  14. Back Matter (pp. 757-758)

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