The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 2

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Issued under the auspices of the Thomas Jefferson memorial association of the United States, 1903 - 506 pages
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Officially published in 1785, Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia was a volume inspired by the questions asked of him about his home state by Francois Barbe-Marbois, the Secretary of the French delegation in Philadelphia in 1780. Regarded as one of the most important American books published before the 19th century, Jefferson's volume contained detailed data about the state's natural resources and economy as well as the good spirits of the people living there. Jefferson also touched on his beliefs on the separation of church and state, constitutional government, checks and balances, and individual liberty. The book is separated into 23 chapters, including "Sea Ports," "Mountains," "Manners," and "Weights, Measures and Money." Jefferson wrote extensively on the issue of slavery and warned against interracial relations, stating that he did not believe whites and blacks could live together peacefully in a free society. Interestingly, during his presidency, Jefferson passed legislation banning the importing of slaves to the United States. Recently, historians and scientists believe to have DNA evidence that Sally Hemings, one of Jefferson's personal slaves, had at least one child by the president. First published anonymously in Paris during his work as a diplomat, Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia remains a staple read for students of American history and the Founding Fathers.

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Page 231 - Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made His peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue.
Page 304 - ... that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order...
Page xx - Excudent alii spirantia mollius aera, credo equidem, vivos ducent de marmore vultus, orabunt causas melius, caelique meatus describent radio et surgentia sidera dicent: 850 tu regere imperio populos, Romane, memento; hae tibi erunt artes; pacisque imponere morem, parcere subiectis et debellare superbos.
Page 153 - The Treasurer and Company of Adventurers and Planters of the city of London, for the first colony of Virginia.
Page 93 - There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on me for revenge. I have sought it: I have killed many: I have fully glutted my vengeance: for my country I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbor a thought that mine is the joy of fear.
Page 404 - PREVIOUS QUESTION. When any question is before the House, any member may move a previous question, " Whether that question (called the main question) shall now be put? " If it pass in the affirmative, then the main question is to be put immediately, and no man may speak anything further to it, either to add or alter. Manor, in Hakew., 28; 4 Grey, 27. The previous question being moved and seconded, the question from the Chair shall be, "Shall the main question be now put?
Page 303 - ... the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right...
Page 427 - When, from counting the House, on a division, it appears that there is not a quorum, the matter continues exactly in the state in which it was before the division, and must be resumed at that point on any future day. — 2 Hats. 126. 1606, May i, on a question whether a member having said Yea, may afterwards sit and change his opinion?
Page 408 - In like manner, if it is proposed to amend by striking out a paragraph, the friends of the paragraph are first to make it as perfect as they can by amendments, before the question is put for striking it out.
Page 122 - They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth ; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty.

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