Jefferson critiques changes to the College of William and Mary and solicits thoughts on a secular and modern university.
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The wife of a forger of bills of exchange appeals to the president in hopes of averting her husband's prosecution.
Jefferson learns of the electoral tie between him and fellow Republican candidate Aaron Burr The selection of the next president will be determined by vote in the House of Representatives.
Jefferson sends to a plantation owner and naturalist in Mississippi his observations on weather and climate, rainbows, and Indian vocabularies.
Jefferson updates his friends in Virginia on the suspenseful electoral impasse after repeated balloting in the House of Representatives Not until the 36th ballot taken five days later did Jefferson know he had been selected the next president of the United States.
A long-time friend freely communicates her sentiments, offers her opinions on John Adams, and congratulates Jefferson on his election as president.
Jefferson expresses his political creed in this statement of republican principles with his unifying and conciliatory exhortation, "we are all republicans: we are all federalists".
Jefferson expresses his political creed in this statement of republican principles with his unifying and conciliatory exhortation, "we are all republicans: we are all federalists."
A Jewish supporter of Jefferson writes to ask for a government position.
Cooper encourages Jefferson to hire Benjamin Latrobe, an architect who will correct the current "tawdry stile" of public architecture.