Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

On the subject of the history of the American revolution, you ask who shall write it? who can write it? and who ever will be able to write it? nobody; except merely it’s external facts. all it’s councils, designs and discussions, having been conducted by Congress with closed doors, and no member, as far as I know, having even made notes of them. these, which are the life and soul of history must for ever be unknown.

RC (MHi).
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
John Adams
Date Range
Date
August 10, 1815
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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