The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 12: 1 September 1817 to 21 April 1818 (Hardcover)

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 12: 1 September 1817 to 21 April 1818 By Thomas Jefferson, J. Jefferson Looney (Editor) Cover Image

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 12: 1 September 1817 to 21 April 1818 (Hardcover)

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This is book number 12 in the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement series.

The 580 documents in this volume cover a wide range of fascinating topics. Jefferson receives impressions of a mammoth's tooth, altitude and meteorological observations, a call for a national pharmacopoeia, a discussion of primeval geology, and a letter that elicits Jefferson's opinion that cognition exists "in animal bodies certainly, in Vegetables probably, in Minerals not impossibly." Jefferson leases his Tufton and Lego plantations to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The directors of the Rivanna Company rebut Jefferson's 1817 bill of complaint and he unwittingly ensures his eventual financial ruin by endorsing notes totaling $20,000 for Wilson Cary Nicholas. Jefferson adds to the collections of the American Philosophical Society and writes an extended introduction to the "Anas," a corpus of official papers and political anecdotes documenting his service as George Washington's secretary of state. Jefferson drafts legislation to establish a public education system in Virginia. He attends a Masonic cornerstone laying ceremony for the nascent Central College's first pavilion early in October 1817 and is greatly pleased by the passage on 21 February 1818 of a law establishing a commission to plan a new state university, raising his hopes that Central College might soon become the University of Virginia.

J. Jefferson Looney is editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, which is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780691168296
ISBN-10: 0691168296
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: January 19th, 2016
Pages: 784
Language: English
Series: Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement