Volume 40

4 March to 10 July 1803

Volume Details

Selected Documents
21 March 1803

Jefferson actively participates in the landscape design of the federal city, offering suggestions on the best placement of trees along Pennsylvania Avenue.

9 April 1803

Jefferson intends to draw up an outline comparing the doctrines of Jesus with those of other moral philosophers.

30 May 1803

Jefferson’s son-in-law reports that one of the enslaved teenage workers at the Monticello nailery has struck another with a hammer.

8 June 1803

Jefferson asks that an enslaved teenage worker responsible for an attack at the nailery at Monticello be sold to a slave buyer from Georgia, thereby making “an example of him in terrorem to others.”

4 July 1803

Jefferson gives Meriwether Lewis a letter of credit authorizing him to draw on the U.S. government for whatever funds or resources may be needed for a westward exploratory expedition.