Featured Documents

In this section, we feature a small selection of documents from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, sorted by historical themes and subjects. Each document links to the transcription and annotations from our volumes, publicly available for free on Founders Online.

Accurate transcriptions and clear annotation help a reader to make sense of a document and to understand it in its historical context. For common abbreviations and repository symbols used, see the summary of our editorial method.

To Littleton Tazewell, 5 January 1805

Vol. 45:303-306

Jefferson, believing that education is necessary to sustain liberty, encourages the Virginia legislature to take steps to charter a public university.

Second Inaugural Address, 4 March 1805

Vol. 45:625-663

Jefferson affirms the general principles of his presidency and expresses hope that the nation can achieve a complete "union of sentiment."