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Selected Writings

Selected Writings

Thomas Jefferson, Harvey C. Mansfield (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-882-95120-1 January 1979 Wiley-Blackwell 94 Pages


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This selection includes "A Summary View of British Rights in America" (excerpts), the complete text of, and letters on the Declaration of Independence, "An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom," "Notes on the State of Virginia" (excerpts), "Draft of the Kentucky Resolutions," the "First Inaugural Address," and various letters. Also included are an excellent introduction by Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., editor, a list of principal dates in the life of Jefferson, and a bibliography.

Introduction vii

Principal dates in the life of Thomas Jefferson xliii

A Summary View of the Rights of British America (excerpts) 1

The Declaration of Independence 7

Two Letters on the Declaration
To Henry Lee, May 8, 1825 11
To Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826 12

An Art for Establishing Religious Freedom 13

Notes on the State of Virginia (excerpts)
Query VI: Productions Mineral, Vegetable and Animal 15
Query VII: Population 26
Query XI: Aborigines 28
Query XVIII” Constitution 28
Query XIV: Laws 36
Query XVII: Religion 46
Query XVIII: Manners 50
Query XIX: Manufactures 52
Query XXII: Public Revenue and Expenses 53

Draft of the Kentucky Resolutions 55

First Inaugural Address 62

A Selection of Letters
To James Madison, January 30, 1787 67
To James Madison, December 20, 1787 68
To James Madison, March 15, 1789 72
To John Adams, June 27, 1813 74
To John Adams, October 28, 1813
To Thomas Law, June 13, 1814 79
To Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, April 24, 1816 81
To John Taylor, May 28, 1816 83
To Issac H. Tiffany, August 26, 1816 87
To Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816 88
To John Holmes, April 22, 1820 91

Selected bibliography 93