The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 47: 6 July to 19 November 1805 (Hardcover)

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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 47: 6 July to 19 November 1805 (Hardcover)

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This is book number 47 in the Papers of Thomas Jefferson series.

A definitive scholarly edition of the correspondence and papers of Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson continues his pattern of returning home to Monticello for the summer months. He makes a brief visit to Poplar Forest in Bedford County to plan the development of that property. James Hubbard, a young enslaved worker at Monticello, escapes but is captured in Fairfax County. Another slave who has fled, James Hemings, rejects efforts to persuade him to return and disappears. Receiving news of the end of the conflict with Tripoli, Jefferson states that although it is "a small war in fact, it is big in principle." He devotes much of his attention to relations with Spain. He considers alliance with Great Britain to force a resolution with Spain, then chooses instead to negotiate with France for the purchase of Florida and settlement of matters in dispute with Spain. He drafts bills to organize the militia by age and create a naval militia. Specimens sent by Lewis and Clark arrive. Jefferson calculates that the United States has recently acquired cessions of well over 9 million acres of land from Native Americans. He meets with visiting Creek leaders. Answering a query, Jefferson states that Patrick Henry was "the greatest orator that ever lived" but "avaritious & rotten hearted."
James P. McClure, senior research historian at Princeton University, is general editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Product Details ISBN: 9780691248172
ISBN-10: 0691248176
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Pages: 808
Language: English
Series: Papers of Thomas Jefferson