Farm Book, 1816–1824. Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826),

Jefferson Farm Book C0190_Bx1_F30_p152Thomas Jefferson popularized the idea of the independent farmer as the linchpin of American government, economy, and society. From 1774 until his death in 1826, he kept careful records of his own building, planting, and livestock, as well as a census of the slaves on his estates. Among the names listed on these leaves from his Farm Book are those of Sally Hemings and her children Madison and Eston. Gift of Roger W. Barrett, Class of 1937. Thomas Jefferson Collection, Manuscripts Division.

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Letter to Uriah Forrest, December 31, 1787. Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826),

Jefferson to Forrest C0063_Bx18_F24_31_Dec_1787_p1As state ratification conventions debated the new Constitution submitted to them in September, Thomas Jefferson wrote this letter, from Paris, to Uriah Forrest (1746–1805) expressing both his admiration for the framers and his concern over the “seeds of danger” they had sown by presuming that succeeding rulers would be as honest as themselves. Gift of André de Coppet, Class of 1915. André de Coppet Collection, Manuscripts Division.

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