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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series: Volume 7: 28 November 1813 to 30 September 1814

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series: Volume 7: 28 November 1813 to 30 September 1814

Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 832
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    The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series: Volume 7: 28 November 1813 to 30 September 1814
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    The 526 documents printed in this volume run from 28 November 1813 to 30 September 1814. During this period Jefferson reviews the extant sources on the 1765 Stamp Act crisis to aid William Wirt, a Patrick Henry scholar; records his largely positive impressions of George Washington; and updates a reading list for law students that he had initially drawn up forty years earlier. In the spring of 1814 Jefferson becomes a trustee of the Albemarle Academy, the earliest direct ancestor of the University of Virginia. He is soon actively involved in planning for its establishment, helping to draft rules for governance of the academy's trustees and propose funding options, and he lays out an expansive vision for its future as an institution of higher learning. Jefferson also exchanges ideas on collegiate education with such respected scholars as Thomas Cooper and José Corrêa da Serra. Jefferson's wide-ranging correspondence includes a temperate response to a lengthy letter from Miles King urging the retired president to reflect on his personal religion, and a diplomatic but noncommittal reply to a proposal by Edward Coles that the author of the Declaration of Independence employ his prestige to help abolish slavery. Having learned of the British destruction late in August 1814 of the public buildings in Washington, Jefferson offers his massive book collection as a replacement for the Library of Congress. The nucleus for one of the world's great public libraries is formed early in 1815 when the nation purchases Jefferson's 6,707 volumes.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3865-3
    Subjects: History
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  1. Front Matter (pp. i-vi)
  2. FOREWORD (pp. vii-viii)

    The 526 documents printed in this volume cover the period from 28 November 1813 to 30 September 1814. The War of 1812 continued its negative impact on the American economy, which was further strained in Jefferson’s neighborhood by a poor growing season. In a 23 February 1814 letter to William Short, Jefferson commented that the embargo, the blockade, and drought had caused him to suffer “more than any other individual.” He kept abreast of current events through correspondents at home and abroad as well as newspapers that provided regular updates from American battlefronts and from Europe, including accounts of Napoleon’s...

  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (pp. ix-x)
  5. Table of Contents (pp. xxv-xxxviii)
  6. MAPS (pp. xxxix-xlii)
  7. ILLUSTRATIONS (pp. xliii-1)
  9. 1813 (pp. 3-95)

    Nov. 28. 13.

    I will not fatigue you, my dear Sir, with long and labored excuses for having been so tardy in writing to you; but shall briefly mention that the thousand hostile ships which cover the ocean render attempts to pass it now very unfrequent, and these concealing their intentions from all that they may not be known to the enemy are gone before heard of in such inland situations as mine. to this, truth must add the torpidity of age as one of the obstacles to punctual correspondence.

    Your letters of Oct. 21. & Nov. 15. 1811. and Aug....

  10. 1814 (pp. 95-718)

    Your letter of Nov. 15. came during a long absence of mine from this place, which has occasioned this delay of the answer. the MS. notes in my pamphlet on the Batture, were only corrections of the press, I believe; for I have not a copy of it. these I inserted in most of the copies I sent out, but not in all of them; and I have no others to add. it was printed by mr Serjeant in N. York, who had the plate engraved, and charged me with it. this I presume would give me a property in...

  11. [Illustrations] (pp. None)
  12. Appendix: Supplemental List of Documents Not Found (pp. 719-720)
  13. INDEX (pp. 721-785)
  14. Back Matter (pp. 786-786)