Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph C. Cabell’s Memorandum on the Introduction to the “Anas,” 9 April 1818

III. Joseph C. Cabell’s Memorandum on the Introduction to the “Anas”

Williamsburg. 9th April. 1818.

On 31st March 1818, I was drawn to Monticello by my duties as a Visitor of the Central College. Mr 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. Mr Jefferson observed that it would be published at his death by Col: Randolph, and his Grandson T. J. Randolph, to whom he should leave his papers: but he wished that the knowledge of the existence of this paper should not be confined to members of his own family; and that he should shew it to Mr Madison of Orange, late President of the U. States.1

Joseph C. Cabell

MS (ViW: TC-JP); entirely in Cabell’s hand; originally sealed shut with notation by Cabell on verso: “Memorandum by Joseph C. Cabell. To be opened at the death of Mr Jefferson of Monticello.”

1Cabell here canceled “He requested.”

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  • books; biographical search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and TJ’s introduction to the “Anas” search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; visits Monticello search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; duties of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; publication of papers search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; “Anas” search
  • Life of George Washington (J. Marshall); TJ on search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and TJ’s introduction to the “Anas” search
  • Marshall, John; Life of George Washington search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cabell, Joseph C. search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and TJ’s introduction to “Anas” search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and TJ’s introduction to “Anas” search
  • Washington, George; biographies of search
  • “Anas” (Thomas Jefferson) search