Daily Jefferson: On June 23, 1826, Jefferson Recorded Receipt of His Last Letter

Helen Duprey Bullock began the introduction to her compilation of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson as follows: ON June 23, 1826, Thomas Jefferson noted in his “Epistolary Record” the receipt of a letter from V. W. Southall. Jefferson kept meticulous records of his correspondence as well as copies of his letters. His work is a treasure of information … Continue reading “Daily Jefferson: On June 23, 1826, Jefferson Recorded Receipt of His Last Letter”

Daily Jefferson: June 22, 1807 Letter to Henry Dearborn on Knowledge Belonging to All

To Secretary of War Henry Dearborn on June 22, 1807, Jefferson wrote: The field of knolege is the common property of all mankind, and any discoveries we can make in it will be for the benefit of yours and of every other nation, as well as our own.  

Daily Jefferson: June 21, 1808 Letter From Thomas Jefferson to James Pemberton About Relations With Native Americans

David Barton sometimes tells his audiences that Thomas Jefferson edited the Gospels in order to give just the words of Christ to the Indians for their instruction. However, there are many words of Jesus which Jefferson did not include in his work. Another fact that makes Barton’s claims even more of a fantasy is that … Continue reading “Daily Jefferson: June 21, 1808 Letter From Thomas Jefferson to James Pemberton About Relations With Native Americans”

Daily Jefferson: June 20, 1803 Letter to Meriwether Lewis

Thomas Jefferson had a vision for American expansion. He also had a keen interest in scientific exploration as displayed by his notes to Meriwether Lewis on the assignment to scout out the Missouri River.  In a nutshell, the mission was framed as a precursor to trade and relations with the native people in the region. … Continue reading “Daily Jefferson: June 20, 1803 Letter to Meriwether Lewis”

Daily Jefferson: June 19, 1802 Letter to Joseph Priestley on Jefferson's Role in the Constitution

In this June 19, 1802 letter, Jefferson wrote to Joseph Priestley to correct his understand of Jefferson’s role in shaping the Constitution.  Jefferson wrote: one passage, in the paper you inclosed me, must be corrected. it is the following. ‘and all say that it was yourself more than any other individual, that planned & established … Continue reading “Daily Jefferson: June 19, 1802 Letter to Joseph Priestley on Jefferson's Role in the Constitution”

Daily Jefferson: June 18, 1799 Letter to a Student on the Study of Math, Science and Human Nature

Jefferson believed science and education would take mankind to a new level of progress. In this June 18, 1799 letter to student William Munford, Jefferson answers a question about the usefulness of studying math and science. He then expands on his view that human nature is generally good. The entire letter follows: I have to … Continue reading “Daily Jefferson: June 18, 1799 Letter to a Student on the Study of Math, Science and Human Nature”

Daily Jefferson: Jefferson on Blackstone and British Common Law

According to David Barton, Thomas Jefferson thought Sir William Blackstone was foundational to legal practice. However, Jefferson felt a reliance on Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England  by American law students had led to what he called the “degeneracy of legal science.” In fact, Jefferson told  Judge John Tyler in this June 17, 1812 letter that … Continue reading “Daily Jefferson: Jefferson on Blackstone and British Common Law”

Daily Jefferson: Letter to James Maury, June 16, 1815 on Health Benefits of Cold Baths

In a letter to James Maury on June 16, 1815, Jefferson discussed his views of relations with England and other nations. Then he reflected on Maury’s bathing habits and the relationship to his own and his generally good health: Your practice of the cold bath thrice a week during the winter, and at the age … Continue reading “Daily Jefferson: Letter to James Maury, June 16, 1815 on Health Benefits of Cold Baths”

Fact and Fiction About Thomas Jefferson in The Daily Signal

Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation publishes The Daily Signal as a conservative news source which they say is “committed to truth” and “a reflection of that Jeffersonian notion that the greatest defense of liberty is an informed citizenry.” While a worthy goal, I believe they missed the mark recently in an article about Thomas … Continue reading “Fact and Fiction About Thomas Jefferson in The Daily Signal”

World Net Daily and David Barton Claim Political Correctness Doomed The Jefferson Lies

On Friday of last week, World Net Daily published something called “Anatomy Of An American Book Banning.” Believe it or not, World Net Daily and David Barton are hoping to convince readers that Barton’s book was pulled from publication due to political correctness. The subtitle of the article is: How New York Times bestseller was … Continue reading “World Net Daily and David Barton Claim Political Correctness Doomed The Jefferson Lies”