The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 5

The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 5

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The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 5

The Writings of Thomas Jefferson - Vol. 5

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JEFFERSON AS A CITIZEN OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.1

This is not a controversial occasion. The political philosophy of Mr. Jefferson will take care of itself. Its power, and majesty, and simplicity find confirmation in Parton's statement that, "If Jefferson was wrong, America is wrong. If America is right, Jefferson is right." [Applause.] So from the extensive field in which Jefferson wrought, far and beyond the confines of his own State, for the good and glory of America and the world, the limitation of my toast requires that I should discuss, for a few moments, Mr. Jefferson as "A Citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Mr. Jefferson was born and died upon his paternal estate in Virginia. His father, Peter Jefferson, had moved to Albemarle, then Goochland county, when it was a thinly settled community. The father was a successful farmer and surveyor, and possessed that sturdy self-reliance which has so characterized the . . .

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