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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to John Page re: insights on England after visit: "that nation hates us"

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02529 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Paris Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1786/05/04 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written while serving as U.S. Minister to France. Jefferson encloses a pamphlet (apparently Notes on the State of Virginia; not included), thanks Page for a steady stream of political news from America and records his observations upon returning from a visit to England. Jefferson comments that Notes on the State of Virginia "were written in haste & for his [i.e., Francois Barbe-Marbois] private inspection." based on his visit to England, Jefferson makes general observations on English farming, gardening, architecture and manufacture. Jefferson finds most disturbing the hatred of America which is "much more deeply rooted at present than during the war." He closes by observing how he saw in England "the application of the principle of the steam-engine to gristmills" and his wish that America would be more frugal so as to import fewer foreign luxuries. Severe ink bleedthrough.

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Page, John, 1744-1808.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Literature and Language Arts, Government and Civics, France, Travel, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Architecture, Industry, Revolutionary War, Steam, Mill, Invention, Science and Technology, Commerce, Economics, Politics

Sub Era: Creating a New Government