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1784-1805
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1784-1805
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Transcriptions of letters, 1784-1805, from Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) discussing politics, education, foreign relations, travel, and family news. Jefferson comments on United States politics during his tenures as a member of the Continental Congress, Secretary of State, Vice President, and President of the United States. He offers fatherly advice concerning Martha Jefferson's education, and grandfatherly comments on Martha's children's education. Jefferson discusses aspects of of the French Revolution, while American minister to France, and remarks on American relations with France and Great Britain while Secretary of State, Vice President, and President. He mentions the upheaval in St. Domingo. Jefferson describes trips through France and through New York and Vermont. Jefferson also writes on family news, expressing concern about the health of Martha and her sister Maria Jefferson Eppes (1778-1804), commenting on his visits with them and their families, and offering advice. He mentions several family friends including James Madison (1751-1836), Dolley Madison (1768-1849), and James Monroe (1758-1831). There is one letter from Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph (1768-1828), dated 5 June 1791. Also includes four pages of Jefferson-Randolph family genealogical notes. The letters were transcribed by Fanny Maury Burke, Jefferson's great-granddaughter. Many of the letters are reprinted in THE PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, edited by Julian P. Boyd
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Thomas Jefferson was born 13 April 1743 in Goochland County, Virginia (now part of Albemarle County, Virginia). He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1762. A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1769 to 1775, Jefferson represented Virginia in the Continental Congress in 1775 and 1776. He wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Jefferson served as governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781. After serving another term in Congress from 1783 to 1784, he was appointed minister to France and served from 1784 to 1788. Jefferson served as Secretary of State under President George Washington from 1789 to 1793, and as Vice President under President John Adams from 1797 to 1801. Jefferson succeeded Adams as president, serving from 1801 to 1809. Upon his retirement, Jefferson returned to his home, Monticello, in Albemarle County. He founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson died 4 July 1826 and was buried at Monticello.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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249
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  • Burke, Fanny Maury
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000496778
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