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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to George Rogers Clark, 25 Dec. 1780 [Quote]

we shall divert through our own Country a branch of commerce which the European States have thought worthy of the most important struggles and sacrifices, and in the event of peace on terms which have been contemplated by some powers we shall form to the American union a barrier against the...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 3 June 1802 [Quote]

I observe that the resolution of the legislature of Virginia, of Jan. 23. in desiring us to look out for some proper place to which insurgent negroes may be sent, expresses a preference of the continent of Africa, or some of the Spanish or Portuguese settlements in S. America: in which preference...

Extract from Francis W. Gilmer to Dabney Carr, 12 Oct. 1818 [Quote]

what would you say to edifying the world by a chaste, elegant, and philosophical life of Citn Thomas your Uncle? He is in my judgement the best subject for biography after Gen: Washington which our country has afforded. This is a question worthy of consideration. It would be a great thing for a...