Book Search:  


Google full text of our books:


The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series: Volume 5:
1 May 1812 to 10 March 1813
Thomas Jefferson
Edited by J. Jefferson Looney

Hardcover | 2009 | $130.00 / £90.00 | ISBN: 9780691137711
792 pp. | 6 x 9 | 8 duotones. 10 line illus. 2 maps. | SHOPPING CART

| Table of Contents
Chapter 1[PDF] pdf-icon

The Digital Edition of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University

Volume Five of the definitive edition of Thomas Jefferson's papers from the end of his presidency until his death includes 592 documents from 1 May 1812 to 10 March 1813. America declares war on Great Britain on 18 June 1812. Jefferson counsels domestic reconciliation while suggesting that America recruit British incendiaries to burn London if British ships attack American cities. He passes on to President James Madison a long and discouraging letter from Isaac A. Coles describing American military bungling in the Niagara Campaign. An unofficial proposal that Jefferson return to public life as secretary of state does not gain the retired statesman's support. Jefferson receives many requests for governmental patronage, responds insightfully to a colorful assortment of authors and inventors, is mildly diverted by a fraudulent perpetual-motion machine, and spends considerable time on legal troubles. A dispute with David Michie over land in Albemarle County nearly leads to a duel between Michie and Jefferson's agent. A conflict with Samuel Scott over property in Campbell County further vexes Jefferson, who prepares an extensively researched answer to Scott's complaint. Despite the conflict, Jefferson graciously writes a letter of introduction for Scott's son. Jefferson remains accessible to the public, receives anonymous letters urging him to convert to Christianity, and settles a wager for one correspondent who asks if Jefferson ever met the British king. Jefferson gloomily observes that "the hand of age is upon me" and complains that his faculties are failing. He still has thirteen years to live.

Table of Contents


Subject Area:

Shopping Cart:

  • For hardcover/paperback orders:

    For hardcover/paperback orders in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

    Hardcover: $130.00 ISBN: 9780691137711

    For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India, and Pakistan

    Hardcover: £90.00 ISBN: 9780691137711

    Add to shopping cart

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 3/10/2015

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Class Use
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share
Send me emails
about new books in:
American History
More Choices