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THOMAS JEFFERSON

Library Edition

CONTAINING HIS

AUTOBIOGRAPHY, NOTES ON VIRGINIA, PARLIAMENTARY MANUAL, OFFICIAL PAPERS, MESSAGES AND ADDRESSES, AND OTHER WRITINGS, OFFICIAL AND PRIVATE,

NOW COLLECTED AND

PC'BLISHED IN THEIR ENTIRETY FOR THE FIRST TIVE

INCLUDING

ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS, DEPOSITED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND PUBLISHED IN 1853 BY ORDER OF THE

JOINT COMMITTEE OF CONGRESS

WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS

AND

1 COMPREHENSIVE ANALYTICAL. INDEX

ANDREW A. LIPSCOMB, Chairman Board of Governors

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ALBERT ELLERY BERGH

MANAGING EDITOR

VOL. XII.

ISSUED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF
THE THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

OF THE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON, D. C.

E E 302.

747 Vila

COPYRIGHT, 1903,

BY
The THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL

AssociaTION

JEFFERSON'S PASSPORTS TO

IMMORTALITY."

Gentlemen of the Jefferson Club:- I have discharged with pleasure the duty which your kindness assigned me, and we now look upon the bust of him whose genius and prophetic foresight gave to our country the soil upon which this great city stands.

Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph. Amongst his papers, after death, was found a rough sketch in ink of an obelisk to be made in granite, eight feet in height, with the inscription:

Here was buried

THOMAS JEFFERSON,
Author of the Declaration of American Independence,

of
The Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom,

and
Father of the University of Virginia.

It is a significant epitaph, and worthy of him who wrote it. Jefferson had been a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and of the Continental Congress, Governor of Virginia, Minister to France,

1 An address delivered by Hon. George G. Vest before the Jefferson Club of St. Louis, Mo., October 31, 1895, on the occasion of unveiling a bronze bust of Thomas Jefferson, by Benjamin Harney.

VOL. XII-A

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