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Letter, 1789 December 14, Eppington, [Chesterfield County, Virginia] to [William Short], n.p.

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Author: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Abstract: Shares that he spent his time since his letter of 21 November travelling and socializing with friends; passes along news of weddings and deaths as well as local events, including the departure of George Wythe from William & Mary because he was "disgusted with some of the conduct of the professors"; comments that Hampden-Sydney "is going to nothing" as well because of the "religious phrenzy" there; comments on anti-federalism and opposition to the Constitution in Virginia, led by Patrick Henry; describes improvements being made to Richmond, Virginia, including the capitol, "an edifice of first rate dignity"; lists neighbors near Monticello; notes judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and district and circuit courts; lists cabinet-level salaries; mentions that he was offered the position of secretary of state, which he is ambivalent about but will accept if George Washington thinks it will benefit the country.
Issued Date: 1789-12-14
Subjects: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Wythe, George, 1726-1806
Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Correspondence
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/15306
Citation: Thomas Jefferson Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.


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