In this Book

Jefferson in His Own Time
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In this volume, Kevin J. Hayes collects thirty accounts of Thomas Jefferson written by his granddaughters, visiting dignitaries, fellow politicians, and others who knew him as a family man, public servant, intellectual, and institution builder. The letters and reminiscences of those who knew Jefferson personally reveal him to be a warm, funny man, quite unlike the solemn statesman so often limned in biographies.
 
To friends and enemies alike he was the model of a republican gentleman, profoundly knowledgeable in philosophy and natural history, able to converse in several languages, and capable of great wit but contemptuous of ceremony and fancy dress. Through these excerpts, we can see the nation’s third president as his family knew him—a loving husband, father, and grandfather—and as his peers did, as a tireless public servant with a fondness for tall tales. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxxiv
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xxxv-xli
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  1. A Conversation Always Varied and Interesting (1782)
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. A Man of Great Sensibility and Parental Affection (1784–1785)
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. A Stock of Information Not Inferior to That of Any Man (1799)
  2. pp. 16-27
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  1. Fourth of July at the President’s Mansion (1801 and 1803)
  2. pp. 28-30
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  1. Visiting the President’s Mansion (1802–1803)
  2. pp. 31-35
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  1. Large Stories (1804–1809)
  2. pp. 36-41
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  1. The Marks of Intense Thought and Perseverance (1807)
  2. pp. 42-61
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  1. The Habitation of Philosophy and Virtue (1809 and 1837)
  2. pp. 44-61
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  1. The Sage of Monticello (1809)
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. Interview with Mr. Jefferson (1812)
  2. pp. 67-71
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  1. An Italian Friend Remembers Virginia and France (1813)
  2. pp. 72-76
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  1. Man of the Mountain (1815)
  2. pp. 77-82
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  1. Monticello (1818)
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. A Philosophical Legislator (1824)
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. Memorandum of Mr. Jefferson’s Conversations (1824)
  2. pp. 92-101
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  1. From the University of Virginia to Monticello (1828)
  2. pp. 102-106
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  1. Recollections of President Jefferson (1828)
  2. pp. 107-115
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  1. A Father’s Grief, A Daughter’s Memories (1832)
  2. pp. 116-119
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  1. Fond Memories from a Granddaughter (1839)
  2. pp. 120-122
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  1. Of Art and Religion (1841)
  2. pp. 123-127
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  1. A Visionary Who Loved to Dream Eyes Wide Open(1841)
  2. pp. 128-132
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  1. Talking with Jefferson: Two Accounts (1841 and 1863)
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. A Man of Easy and Ingratiating Manners (1849)
  2. pp. 141-143
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  1. The Last Days of Thomas Jefferson (1852)
  2. pp. 144-150
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  1. What Jefferson Was Like as a Grandfather, ca. 1856
  2. pp. 151-157
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  1. The Life and Death of Thomas Jefferson, ca. 1857
  2. pp. 158-168
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  1. Daily Life at Monticello (1862)
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. Thomas Jefferson (1868)
  2. pp. 180-183
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  1. Jefferson and the Boy Professor (1875)
  2. pp. 184-186
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  1. “Once the Slave of Thomas Jefferson” (1898)
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 201-210
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