Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Late President of the United States Volume 4

Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Late President of the United States Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ... neighbour of mine went through it with great attention, and spoke very highly of it. I have said that no member of the old Congress, as far as I knew, made notes of the discussions. I did not know of the speeches you mention of Dickenson and Witherspoon. But on the questions of Independence, and on the two articles of Confederation respecting taxes and voting, I took minutes of the heads of the arguments. On the first, I threw all into one mass, without ascribing to the speakers their respective arguments; pretty much in the manner of Hume's summary digests of the reasonings in parliament for and against a measure. On the last, I stated the heads of arguments used by each speaker. But the whole of. mynotes on the question of I nde endence does not occupy more than five pages, such as of this l)etter; and on the other questions, two such sheets. They have never been communicated to any one. Do you know that there exists in manuscript the ablest work of this kind ever yet executed, of the debates of the constitutional convention of Philadelphia in 1788? The whole of every thing said and done there was taken down by _Mr. Madison, -with a labour and-exactness beyond comprehension..I presume that our correspondence hasibeenobserved at the post-offices, and thus has attracted notice. Would you believe, that a printer has had the effrontery to propose to me the letting him publish it? These people thin they have a right to every thing, however secret or sacredl I had not before heard of the Boston pamphlet, with Priestley's letters and mine.. At length Buonaparte has got on the right side of a ques.tion. From the time of his entering the legislative hall to his retreat to Elba, no man has execrated him more than myself. I will not...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798554
  • 9781236798558