The Writings of Thomas Jefferson: 1776-1781

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1893
 

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These 500 pages do not need my thoughts of them beyond an earnest recommendation that you read them if you care anything at all for history.
Rather than being removed from the daily difficulties as
we won our independence from Britain, you are able to share the actual correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and all those -- including George Washington -- who were his allies. The immediacy of these writings is breathtaking. The British are in Charleston, moving north without resistance because no arms are available in North Carolina. That is the situation Jefferson writes to Washington on page 310 or so and it is only one point that will capture your attention.
These are scanned pages from a book published in 1893. I only wish I had known of it earlier in my life.
Bill Eger
 

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Página 54 - Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.
Página 49 - He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise ; the State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
Página 53 - He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
Página 241 - ... that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order...
Página 54 - He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation hither.
Página 241 - Virginia do enact that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief...
Página 50 - He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for naturalization of Foreigners refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither and raising the Conditions of new appropriations of Lands...
Página 54 - Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British Brethren We have warned them...
Página 59 - We might have been a. free and a great people together; but a communication of grandeur and of freedom, it seems, is below their dignity. Be it so, since they will have it. The road to happiness and to glory is open to us too. We will tread it apart from them, and acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our eternal separation.
Página 99 - But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

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