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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker, 30 Aug. 1791 [Quote]

no body wishes more than I do to see such proofs as you exhibit, that nature has given to our black brethren, talents equal to those of the other colours of men, & that the appearance of a want of them is owing merely to the degraded condition of their existence both in Africa & America....

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Condorcet, 30 Aug. 1791 [Quote]

I am happy to be able to inform you that we have now in the United States a negro, the son of a black man born in Africa, and of a black woman born in the United States, who is a very respectable Mathematician. I procured him to be employed under one of our chief directors in laying out the new...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Joel Barlow, 8 Oct. 1809 [Quote]

Bishop Grégoire ... wrote to me also on the doubts I had expressed five or six & twenty years ago, in the Notes on Virginia, as to the grade of understanding of the negroes, & he sent me his book on the literature of the negroes. his credulity has made him gather up every story he could...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Henri Grégoire, 25 Feb. 1809 [Quote]

I have received the favor of your letter of aug: 17. and with it the Volume you were so kind as to send me on the literature of negroes. be assured that no person living wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a complete refutation of the doubts I have myself entertained and expressed on the...