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Collection Number: 00861-z

Collection Title: Thomas Jefferson Letters (copies) Inventory (#861) 1784-1824.

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Abstract Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), president of the United States, 1801-1809; governor of Virginia, 1779-1781; U.S. minister to France, 1785-1789; U.S. secretary of state, 1790-1793; vice-president of the United States, 1797-1801; after retirement from presidency, lived at plantation Monticello near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va.; instrumental in founding University of Virginia, 1819. Miscellaneous reproductions of Thomas Jefferson letters include the following. Handwritten transcription of letter, 25 June 1823, from Thomas Jefferson declining an invitation to participate in the celebration of the approaching anniversary of the nation's birth. Photostats, chiefly letters, 1790, 1797, 1804, 1807, 1814, and 1824, from Jefferson to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, to Elizabeth H. Trist, to Nicholas Philip Trist, and to Thomas Mann Randolph, concerning family matters, political turmoil, his desire to return to Monticello, and the University of Virginia. Several short social notes written by Jefferson in Paris, 1784-1789, are also included. Handwritten copy and typed copy of letter, 24 April 1791, from Jefferson at Philadelphia to his daughter at Monticello about gardening and clothing. Photostat of letter from Monticello, 9 May 1817, in which Jefferson described plans for the building and grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Typed copy of a letter, 6 December 1813, from Jefferson to Baron Friederich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt thanking him for astronomical observations and atlases relating to Latin American countries and discussing the future of those countries and mentioning other issues.
Creator Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Language English.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from various sources as described below.
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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), president of the United States, 1801-1809; governor of Virginia, 1779-1781; U.S. minister to France, 1785-1789; U.S. secretary of state, 1790-1793; vice-president of the United States, 1797-1801; after retirement from presidency, lived at plantation Monticello near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va.; instrumental in founding University of Virginia, 1819.

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Handwritten transcription of letter, 25 June 1823, from Thomas Jefferson to John Winn, William C. Rives, David M. Railey, John M. Railey, John Ormond, Horace Branham, and George W. Nichols declining an invitation to participate in the celebration of the approaching anniversary of the nation's birth. Photostats, chiefly letters, 1790, 1797, 1804, 1807, 1814, and 1824, from Jefferson to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, to Elizabeth H. Trist, to Nicholas Philip Trist, and to Thomas Mann Randolph, concerning family matters, political turmoil, his desire to return to Monticello, and the University of Virginia. Several short social notes written by Jefferson in Paris, 1784-1789, are also included. Handwritten copy and typed copy of letter, 24 April 1791, from Jefferson at Philadelphia to his daughter at Monticello about gardening and clothing. Photostat of letter from Monticello, 9 May 1817, in which Jefferson described plans for the building and grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Typed copy of a letter, 6 December 1813, from Jefferson to Baron Friederich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt thanking him for astronomical observations and atlases relating to Latin American countries and discussing the future of those countries; blaming English policy for the United States' having to exterminate Native Americans instead of amalgamating them peacefully; asking forgiveness for the late Zebulon Montgomery Pike for borrowing from Humbolt's work without acknowledgement; and saying that he did not know the reason for the delay in publishing material relating to Meriwether Lewis's journeys and discoveries; with slight mention of William Clark and Joseph Corria de Serra, Portuguese minister to the United States.

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18 items.

Arrangement: by adddition.

Reproductions of letters from Thomas Jefferson as detailed below.

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Processing Information

Collections 374-z (addition of 1932) and 1164-z (additions of 1946-1957) were merged into this collection in February 2001. Several items, the originals of which are known to be elsewhere, were also deaccessioned at that time.

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