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I would prefer to, but duty dictates I must not – Thomas Jefferson

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP were I to yield to my own feelings … … so many respectable persons as have signed the petition, my path...

Let Us Be Smart About This (5 of 7) – Jefferson’s Plans for University...

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP buildings. the greatest danger will be their over-building themselves, by attempting a large house in the beginning, sufficient to contain the whole...

Let Us Get Down to Specifics (4 of 7)

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The charter being granted & the Visitors named, these become then the Agents as to every thing else. their first objects will...

I have been where you are …. Go. (Part 1 of 2)

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I recieved last night your letter of the 26th. proposing to resign your office, and I recieved it with real affliction. it...

Not Enough Paper to Write to His Wife!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have the pleasure to inform you that mr Briggs & his companion were in good health at Colo. Hawkins establishment near...

Immigrants should be treated … how?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP they will find a disposition in the great majority here to do whatever circumstances will admit for our new fellow citizens, to...

Business decisions are easy. Personnel ones are not. (OR: HR sucks. Part 5 of...

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP the transaction of the great interests of our country costs us little trouble or difficulty. there the line is plain to men...

I make one friend & 10 enemies at the same time. (OR: HR sucks....

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … you hundreds to nominate, instead of one, be assured they would not compose for you a bed of roses....

I respect your principled choice, for or against me. (Or: HR sucks. Part 3...

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP you observe that you are, or probably will be, appointed an elector. I have no doubt you will do your duty with...

No quagmires for me! (Or: HR sucks. Part 2 of 4)

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP to the unsuccessful multitude, am I to go with every one into the reasons for not appointing him? besides that this correspondence...

You have your answer. (Or: HR sucks, Part 1 of 4)

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Your letter of the 10th. came to hand yesterday evening. it is written with frankness and independance, and will be answered in...

This Awful Situation has Only One Insufficient Remedy

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Your two letters, my dear friend, of Aug. 31. & Sep. 9. reached me on the 9th. & 31st. of October. I...

This Is How You Get The U.S. Out Of Debt

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The state of our finances continues to fulfill our expectations. Eleven millions & an half of Dollars recieved in the course of...

What in the world is happening? Part 1 of 3

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … These, fellow citizens, are the principal matters which I have thought it necessary at this time to communicate for your consideration...

I hate the thought of four more years of this!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP my heart fails me at the opening such a campaign of bustle & fatigue: the unlimited calumnies of the federalists have...

About your brother, Meriwether…

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I inclose you a letter directed to your brother which came to me under cover a few days ago. I have the...

This has to stop! Help me, please.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Craven & Lillie at last have come to an open rupture: a desperate battle took place between them 4 days since: it...

This is the worst sin of all.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP another object still more important is that every officer of the government make it his peculiar object to root out that abominable...

Including and valuing the losers will strengthen our team!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … in chusing these characters it has been an object of considerable attention to chuse French who speak the American language, &...

Consider yourself fully employed!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Have bin down to Richmond to se if I could ingage a job of work before I movd my tools, but have...

I am tapped out!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … no man is less in condition to aid his friends pecuniarily than myself. I have always endeavored so to live...

Would honest Democrats and honest Republicans today agree?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP both of our political parties, at least the honest portion of them, agree conscientiously in the same object, the public good: but...

THIS is how you staff a new operation.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP After waiting almost to the 12th. hour to get all the information I could respecting characters at N. Orleans, I have, on...

This is how you express a complaint to a friend.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The Champagne you were so kind as to send me the last year proved to be very good …and I should have...

Is this what we agreed to?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP We did not collect the sense of our brethren the other day by regular questions, but as far as I could understand...

Forgiven! Friends again? Part 4 of 4

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP if my respect for him did not permit me to ascribe the whole blame to the influence of others, it left something...

That really hurt! (But it was the only hurt.) Part 3 of 4

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I can say with truth that one act of mr Adams’s life …  and one only, ever gave me a moment’s personal...

Death has opened a door for me. Part 2 of 4

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … am thankful for the occasion … of expressing my regret that circumstances should have arisen which have seemed to draw...

On the Death of Our Children …. Part 1 of 4

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The affectionate sentiments … in your letter of May 20. towards my dear departed daughter, have awakened in me sensibilities natural to...

My daughter died

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP On the 17th. instant our hopes & fears here took their ultimate form. Source: Thomas Jefferson letter to James Madison, 23 April...