Jefferson by Albert Jay Nock

By Albert Jay Nock

Here's Albert Jay Nock's vintage learn at the lifestyles and regarded Thomas Jefferson, a publication which attracts out issues different biographers have overlooked: his radicalism, his competition to all centralized executive, his attachment to liberty and estate, and his commitment to the belief of revolution. within the approach, Nock tells a narrative of the founding that you've got most likely by no means heard.

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All must unite to make the Revolution a success, but it was clear that as soon as this occasional interest was disposed of, the collision between their permanent interests would take place¿ and Mr. Jefferson made up his mind early—or, rather, his mind made itself up—about the side he was on. While Secretary of State in 1793, when the battle of economic interests was well under way, he wrote to an unidentified correspondent, "When I first entered on the stage of public life (now twenty-four years ago) I came to a resolution [50] BEGINNINGS never .

Yet after he had drawn in his horns and retired to his own State, there was the Virginia Assembly which was even worse. After trying to work with it as a legislator, he tried working for it as an executive j he served two years as Governor, during 1779 and 1780, in succession to Patrick Henry. He took oíHce at the worst possible time. The State was defenceless, at the mercy of the British 5 it was without military resources. He was as helpless at withstanding the enemy's incursions as Henry had been at anticipating them.

Jefferson's taste and skill were much above the average, and there is a little— a very little—to show that it was not. After the battle of Saratoga, the prisoners of General Burgoyne's army were concentrated in Virginia, some in Mr. Jefferson's neighbourhood, where he treated them with great kindness and hospitality. Among these was an English captain named Bibby, who fiddled duets with Mr. Jefferson, and said he was one of the best violinists he ever heard. Still, Captain Bibby's heart was warmed by circumstances j and besides, no one really knows how well qualified he was to have an opinion.

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