Xatirity of Mr. Jefferson. Peculiarity in the concealment of his birth-day-
Curiosity felt to ascertain it-Motives of his conduct in this particular-Reply
to the city authorities of Washington—To Levi Lincoln, pp. 17:18. Genealo.
gr of Mr. Jefferson - Peculiarity by which it was marked-Prominency of the
feature ir. Thomas. Anecdote related by Mr. Madison. Antiquity of his mater-
nal pedigree. Character of his father-Extent of his patrimony. His early
education-Critical position of his boy-hood-llis juvenile mind and habits
-Fondness for the classics--For what qualities distinguished in Collegcm
Passion for certain Sciences and Fine Arts, pp. 18:20. Circumstances which
decided the particular direction of his life. His character of Dr. Small-Of
George Wythe. Commences the study of Law-Extent of his researches.
His fervid description of the speech of Patrick Henry against the Stainp-acta
Influence of that scene upon his subsequent career. Mottos of his Seals, pp.
2:37. Enquiry into the relative birth of individual opinions on the question of
American Independence-Remark of Mr. Jefferson upon this point. Notice of
bis claims to the distinction of giving direction and permanency to the moral
power of the Revolution-Ilis sarcastic compliment to Massachusetts upon this
point-The idea pursued in a letter to General Dearborn. Enters the Practice
of the Law--Professional celebrity. Qualifications as an Advocate--As a Pop.
ular Orator. Letter to Major John Cartwright of England, displaying the depih
and precision of his legal preparation-Interest excited on the publication of
this letter-Answer 10 E. Everett upon the subject, pp. 27 : 33.
Mr. Jefferson comes of age. Elected to the Legislature. His first effort in
that body for the Emancipation of Slaves-Overwhelming defeat of the mcasure
-Remarks on the singular merils of the proposition. Extract from his Notes
on Virginia, on Slavery. Progress of the Revolution. System of Non-inter-
course adopted by the Colonies--Agency of Mr. Jefferson in bringing Virginia
into the measure-Its utility as an engine of coercion. Retaliatory resolutions
of the British Parliament. Counter resolutions brought forward by Mr. Jeffer-
800. Germ of the American Union. Sudden dissolution of the Legislature.
Jefferson and others rally a private meeting of the members at the Kaleigh
tavern-Its spirited doings. Influence of the revolutionary proceedings in Vir.
ginia, pp. 34:40. Apathy of the Colonists-How viewed by Mr. Jefferson-
He devises measures for arousing them to a sense of their situation. Meeling
of the bolder spirits, to set the machinery in motion-Influence of this conclave
upon the course of the Revolution. Comunittees of Correspondence established
-Agency of this mcasure in begetting a General Congress-Strong presenti.
ment of Mr. Jefferson of the result of their deliberations. Interesting debut of
Mr. Car in the Legislature--Mr. Jefferson's character of him. Legislature again
dissolved, pp. 41 : 45. Parallel Committees of Correspondence appointed by
the other Colonies--Moral agency of this institution in the Revolution. Nows
of the Beston Port Bill. Popular effervescence. Measures set in motion by Mr.
Jefferson, Holds another council with his former confederates. Appointment of
a general Fast in Virginia-Mr. Jefferson's account of his draft of the proclama-
tion-Effect of ihis measure throughout the Colonies. Legislature again dis-
solved. Spirited Association entered into by the members. Recommendation
of a General Congress, pp. 46: 53.
The other Colonies unite in the measure of a General Congress. First derno.
cratic Convention in Virginia. Mr. Jefferson elected a member. Instructions
proposed by him for the Congressional Delegates--Published by the Convention
under the title of Summary View of the Rights of British America'-Effect of
this work in England.--Re.published by the Whigs in Parliament---Bill of At-
tainder commenced against the author--Political doctrines of this work form
the text of the Revolution; inserted at length--- Remarks on the Political merits
of the work. The Convention virtually assumes the government of the colony,
pp. 54:72. Second Virginia Convention. Mr. Jefferson loses all hope of a 10-
conciliation with the mother country. Inequality of sentiment in the Conven-
tion. Grounds taken by Mr. Jefferson. Resolution for putting the Colony into
a state of warlike defence... Ils effect upon the older members.--Reasons of their
tackwardness as stated by Mr. Jefferson ---Violent debates ensue --Conduct of
the opposition on its passage. Mr. Jefferson elected a Delegate to Congress.
He determines on the painful necessity of deciding the contest by the sword,
pp. 72:78. Letter of Mr. J. to Dr. Small, in England. The regal Legislature
of Virginia meets. Conciliatory Proposition of Lord North laid before them.-.
Mr. Jefferson designated to prepare the answer... Opposition to his draught...
Character of the document. Flight of the royal Governor. Effect of the pro-
ceedings in Virginia upon the general cause. Fall of the monarchical power in
that province. Extract from Wilkos' speech in the British Parliament, pp. 78:84.