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On 31 st March 1818 , I was drawn to Monticello by my duties as a Visitor of the Central College . M r Jefferson then put into my hands for perusal a manuscript covering four and a half sheets of letter paper, entituled Explanations of the 3 volumes in marble paper . It was a commentary written by himself on Marshall ’s life of Washington .
I should ask leave without scruple to transmit the enclosed letter to you were it not for the foolish compliment in it to my pretended influence, which you know to be unfounded & therefore may pass over with a smile. I do not hesitate to comply with his request, by enclosing a copy of a letter, I wrote to Mr Madison, on the 2nd. February 1813 nor scruple to say that no opinion or sentiment in...
To you who like the greatest men of the Roman Republic, after having as them rendered the most eminent services to your Country, cast off the Robe of State, to cultivate your spot of ground, and give to your countrymen the best example.... I take the liberty to Send my maiden speech, in this Country, upon that great art, Agriculture. I have never forgot that the first words of English I...
You will find it most advisable to address your request for the appointment of a commissioner of bankrupts, if the law proposed should be adopted, directly to the president.— With such attestations of respectable persons, of known character, to your gratifications for the office, as you may be able to obtain.—I have found it necessary to establish it as a rule, to recommend for appointment no...
My journal does most assuredly take a considerable portion of my time, my dear George, but that is not the reason of my not having written to you so often as you seem to have expected—I need not tell you who know me so well, that I am apt to fret under disappointments, and more particularly when they proceed from those whose interests are so deeply connected with my happiness, and that it...
Explanations of the 3. volumes bound in Marbled paper In these 3. vols will be found copies of the official opinions given in writing by me to Gen l Washington , while I was Secretary of state, with sometimes the documents belonging to the case. some of these are the rough draughts, some press-copies, some fair ones. in the earlier part of my acting in that office I took no other note of the...
Notes on the V th vol. of Marshal ’s life of Washington . pa. 2. ‘the practicability of perpetuating his authority ’ E t c I am satisfied G l Washington had not a wish to perpetuate his authority. but he who supposes it was practicable, had he wished it, knows nothing of the spirit of America , either of the people, or of those who possessed their confidence. there was indeed a cabal