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Jefferson Letter Found in Attic Shows President's Thoughts on History

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Jul 2016 09:08 AM

A letter written by Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third president of the United States, was recently found in an attic by an unidentified family in the South.

The letter, found in a box tucked among the family's heirlooms, is a response to U.S. Ambassador to France William Crawford, Fox News reported.

In the letter, dated Valentine's Day, 1815, the founding father discusses topics including American independence, the War of 1812, and slavery.

“We must sacrifice the last dollar and drop of blood to rid us of that badge of slavery, and it must rest with England alone to say whether it is worth eternal war, for eternal it must be if she holds to the wrong,” Jefferson wrote.

The Raab Collection, a Philadelphia dealer of historical documents that is selling the letter on behalf of the family, called it a "wide-ranging response, with a remarkable depth of opinion and analysis." The asking price is $325,000.

“This kind of letter is only seen up for sale once a decade, if not once a generation,” said Nathan Raab. “You just never see this for purchase by the public. These types of letters that are owned by direct descendants are usually donated to private collections.”

The four-page letter was written at Jefferson's Monticello home and was put up for sale on July 4 of this year, 190 years after his death, The Daily Mail reported.

Jefferson criticized Britain in the letter, writing: "as in the Revolutionary War, their [the British] conquests were never more than of the spot on which their army stood, never extended beyond the range of their cannon shot….If England is now wise or just enough to settle peaceably the question of impressment, the late treaty may become one of peace, and of long peace. We owe to their past follies and wrongs the incalculable advantage of being made independent of them."

Twitter users were very awed by the find.






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