Category: Liberty & Human Dignity and Philosophy

By Thomas Jefferson

Published in 1829

Reference #1183-86

First Edition, in four volumes with engraved frontispiece portrait of Jefferson and facsimile of the original draft of the Declaration of Independence. First published by F. Carr in Charlottesville in 1829, subsequent editions were published in London, Boston, and Paris. “The work was edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Thomas Jefferson’s oldest grandson and the executor of his estate.

“These volumes begin with a short fragment concerning (Jefferson) himself, drawn up at the age of seventy-seven: and close with a still shorter journal kept by him while Secretary of State during Washington’s administration. The rest consists exclusively of a voluminous correspondence, ranging from 1775, after blood had been spilt at Boston, to June, 1826, ten days only before his death. The contents of these volumes are not embraced in the congressional publications.”

“Also, included in this volume set is Jefferson’s famous letter to Benjamin Rush, in which he declared, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man”.