The Portable Thomas Jefferson

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Includes A Summary View of the Rights of British America and Notes on the State of Virginia complete; seventy-nine letters; "Response to the Citizens of Albemarle," 1790; "Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank," 1791; and many other writings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140150803
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/1977
  • Series: Portable Library Series
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 453,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents


A Note on the Selections

I. A Summary View of the Rights of British America

II. Notes on the State of Virginia

III. Public Papers and Addresses

The Declaration of Independence, 1776
Draft Constitution for Virginia, 1776
A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, 1777
Report of a Plan of Government for the Western Territory, 1784
Response to the Citizens of Albemarle, 1790
Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 1791
Opinion on the French Treaties, 1793
The Kentucky Resolutions, 1798
First Inaugural Address, 1801
To Elias Shipman and Others, A Committee of the Merchants of New Haven, 1801
First Annual Message to Congress, 1801
To Nehemiah Dodge and Others, A Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut, 1802
To Brother Handsome Lake, 1802
Instructions to Captain Lewis, 1803
Second Inaugural Address, 1805
Fifth Annual Message to Congress, 1805
Sixth Annual Message to Congress, 1806
To the Society of Tammany..., 1808
To the Inhabitants of Albemarle County, in Virginia, 1809
Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia, 1818

IV. Letters

Robert Skipwith, August 3, 1771: A gentleman's library John Randolph, August 25, 1775: Between reconciliation and independence Edmund Pendleton, August 26, 1776: The Virginia constitution Giovanni Fabbroni, June 8, 1778: Music, "the favorite passion of my soul"
David Rittenhouse, July 19, 1778: "a true Whig in science"
James Monroe, May 20, 1782: The limits of political duty Martha Jefferson, November 28, 1783: Advice to a young daughter George Washington, April 16, 1784: The Society of the Cincinnati Richard Price, February 1, 1785: "Our motto... 'nil desperandum'"
James Monroe, June 17, 1785: Treaties and the blessings of America The Virginia Delegates in Congress, July 12, 1785: A statue of Washington Peter Carr, August 19, 1785: "An honest heart being the first blessing..."
John Jay, August 23, 1785: The risks and the benefits of foreign commerce Chastellux, September 2, 1785: Climate and American character James Madison, September 20, 1785: A Capitol for Virginia Charles Bellini, September 30, 1785: The vaunted scene of Europe John Banister, Jr., October 15, 1785: The vices of European education James Madison, October 28, 1785: Property and natural right George Wythe, August 13, 1786: Education and the public happiness Maria Cosway, October 12, 1786: Dialogue between My Head and My Heart St. John de Crèvecoeur, January 15, 1787: Homer, New Jersey farmers, and the wheel Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787: "The people are the only censors..."
James Madison, January 30, 1787: "a little rebellion now and then"
Madame de Tessé, March 20, 1787: In love with the Maison quarrée Lafayette, April 11, 1787: The joys and rewards of travel Peter Carr, August 10, 1787: Reason, the only oracle James Madison, December 20, 1787: A few words on the Constitution Travel Notes for Messrs. Rutledge and Shippen, June 19, 1788: Objects of attention for an American John Trumbull, February 15, 1789: Bacon, Locke, and Newton Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789: "neither federalist nor antifederalist"
James Madison, March 15, 1789: A bill of rights Rabaut de St. Etienne, June 3, 1789: A charter for France Diodati, August 3, 1789: "the first chapter...of European liberty"
James Madison, September 6, 1789: "the earth belongs to the living"
Madame d'Enville, April 2, 1790: An affectionate adieu to France Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant, April 10, 1791: The Potomac capital Benjamin Banneker, August 30, 1791: Homage to a black man The President of the United States (George Washington), September 9, 1792: The conflict with Hamilton William Short, January 3, 1793: French blood and American liberty James Madison, [March 24, 1793]: Peaceable coercion James Madison, December 28, 1794: The President and the democratic societies Phillip Mazzei, April 24, 1796: "an Anglican monarchical aristocratical party"
Elbridge Gerry, May 13, 1797: Working with Adams John Taylor, June 1, 1798: Union and "the reign of witches"
Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799: "These...are my principles"
Edmund Randolph, August 18, 1799: Common law and the will of the nation Doctor Joseph Priestley, March 21, 1801: Something new under the sun Robert R. Livingston, April 18, 1802: The affair of Louisiana Benjamin H. Latrobe, November 2, 1802: Dry-docking the navy Doctor Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803: The morals of Jesus John Breckinridge, August 12, 1803: Plans for Louisiana Jean Baptiste Say, February 1, 1804: Political economy and American exceptionalism Governor William C.C. Claiborne, July 7, 1804: A city plan against disease Doctor Edward Jenner, May 14, 1806: A tribute of gratitude William Hamilton, July, 1806: Gardens for Monticello John Norvell, June 14, 1807: History, Hume, and newspapers George Hay, June 20, 1807: A subpoena against the President Lacépède, July 14, 1808: Bones for the National Institute Thomas Jefferson Randolph, November 24, 1808: Rules for a grandson John Hollins, February 19, 1809: The republic of science Henri Grégoire, February 25, 1809: The race of blacks Doctor Benjamin S. Barton, September 21, 1809: Indian languages Caesar A. Rodney, February 10, 1810: Reason and justice in a hurricane Destutt de Tracy, January 25, 1811: The executive office Isaac McPherson, August 13, 1813: No patents on ideas John Adams, October 28, 1813: The natural aristocracy Thomas Law, June 13, 1814: The moral sense Edward Coles, August 25, 1814: Slavery and emancipation Benjamin Austin, January 9, 1816: Domestic manufactures - a change of opinion John Adams, January 11, 1816: Your prophecy and mine Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816: Agenda of reform for Virginia Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819: The federal judiciary William Short, October 31, 1819: Epicurus and Jesus John Holmes, April 22, 1820: "a fire-bell in the night"
John Adams, August 15, 1820: The university, neology, and materialism The President of the United States (James Monroe), October 24, 1823: An American system - the Monroe Doctrine Major John Cartwright, June 5, 1824: Saxons, Americans, and a case of legal fraud William Ludlow, September 6, 1824: The progress of society Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826: "All eyes are the rights of man"

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