The Writings of
Thomas Jefferson

editor H.A. Washington
New York :  H.W. Derby, 1861

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Julian P. Boyd, editor
Princeton University Press, 1950

Online Library of Liberty

General Correspondence
Library of Congress
“... I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man.” -- September 23, 1800.

“ I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple ...
I am for free commerce with all nations;  political connection with none;  and little or no diplomatic establishment.” -- January 26, 1799.

“ The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the States are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign nations.  Let the General Government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, ...” -- August 13, 1800.


Selected letters of Thomas Jefferson on statecraft, banking, currency, debt, bank paper, Christianity ...

To Edward Carrington 1788 May 27, paper is poverty
Opinion on a national bank 1791 February 15
To Colo Monroe 1791 July 10, bank paper for 13%
To George Washington 1792 May 23
To John Taylor 1798 November 26, amend the constitution
To Albert Gallatin, 1803 December 13, no government is safe
To John W. Eppes 1813 June 24, the States should be applied to
To John W. Eppes 1813 September 11, bank paper must be suppressed
To John W. Eppes 1813 November 6, national bank
To Dr. Thomas Cooper 1814 January 16, I am an enemy of all banks
To Joseph Cabell 1814 January 17, banks and their paper
To John Adams 1814 January 24, I have ever been the enemy of banks
To Thomas Cooper 1814 September 10, evils of banking
To Colo James Monroe, 1815 January 1, dominion over mind
To Jean Batiste Say 1815 March 2, banking confederacy
To Albert Gallatin 1815 October 16, Put down the banks
To Colo Yancey 1816 January 6, ignorant and free
To John Taylor 1816 May 28, system of banking
To Samuel Kerchival 1816 July 12, taxes, debt, generations
To Stuart, Macon, Adams bank mania, paper money, inflation
To Adams, Rives, Nelson reduction of circulation

To James Madison 1789, September 6, the earth belongs to the living
The Kentucky Resolution 1798, chains of the Constitution
To Benjamin Rush 1803, April 21, I am a Christian
To Benjamin Austin, 1816 January 9, home industry
To Joseph Cabell 1816 February 2, the ward system
To John Cartwright 1824, June 5, constitution, counties, wards
Protest of Virginia on violations of the Constitution
To William Giles 1825 December 26, federal usurpation of State rights
1787 November 13, tree of liberty, blood of patriots

Autobiography Deport negroes, God is just
Story of Continentals
Jefferson's will


1789 – not federalist, nor anti-federalist | 1789a | 1789b | 1791 | 1791a | 1794 | 1795 | 1796 – Mazzei letter
1797 | 1798 | 1799 – frugal government, alliance with none | 1800 – our true Constitution, cities pestilential | 1801
1802 – Louisiana purchase | 1803 | 1804 | 1805 | 1808 | 1808a | 1811 | 1812 | 1813 – Germaine Necker
1813 Aug 13 - Dec 25 – patent rights, natural aristocracy | 1814 Jan 1 - May 17 – merchants have no country
1814 May 20 - Dec 27 – war finance, Satan’s U.K. | 1815 | 1815a | 1816 | 1816a | 1817 | 1818 | 1819 | 1820 | 1821 | 1822 | 1823 | 1824 | 1825