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The Treasure Trove

Posted by coaldigger 1 year, 6 months ago to History
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I hold the belief that the founding of the United States is the most remarkable event in human history. I am totally dedicated to what we are supposed to be and it sickens me that it is an ideal unperfected. I have been reading biographies of our founding fathers to try to understand how these men were able to achieve so much, being mere mortals. This morning I found a reference to this website in a Heritage Foundation tweet. These letters and journals are so interesting and revealing that I wanted to share them with anyone that is yet to discover them.
SOURCE URL: https://founders.archives.gov/


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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 1 year, 6 months ago
    Thanks, I'll check it out.
    Also, David Barton is another source inwhich holds and explains a lot of original letters and documents of our forefathers.

    Have you read: The Jefferson Lies?...the newest book properly and effectively addresses the nonsense from the leftest idiots that opposed his book; which by the way, is chock full of valid references.
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  • Posted by  $  kddr22 1 year, 6 months ago
    One of the last letters Thomas Jefferson wrote I think sums it up why they are so remarkable...

    From Thomas Jefferson to Roger Chew Weightman, 24 June 1826
    Monticello June 24. 26Respected Sir
    The kind invitation I recieve from you on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the 50th anniversary of American independance; as one of the surviving signers of an instrument, pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposal for the comfort of such a journey. it adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. but acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to controul. I should indeed, with peculiar delight, have met and exchanged there, congratulations personally, with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us, on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make, for our country, between submission, or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve , Start insertion,the, End, choice we made. may it be to the world what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all.) the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, under which Monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings & security of self government. the , Start insertion,form, End, which we have substituted restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. all eyes are opened, or opening to the rights of man. the general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth that the mass of mankind has not been born, with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of god. these are grounds of hope for others. for ourselves let the annual return of this day, for ever refresh our recollections of these rights and an undiminished devotion to them.
    I will ask permission here to address the pleasure with which I should have met my ancient neighbors of the City of Washington and of it’s vicinities, with whom I passed so many years of a pleasing social intercourse; an intercourse which so much relieved the anxieties of the public cares, and left impressions so , Start insertion,deeply, End, engraved in my affections, as never to be forgotten. with my regret that ill health forbids me the gratification of an acceptance, be pleased to recieve for yourself and those for whom you write the assurance of my highest respect and friendly attachments.
    Th: Jefferson
    DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
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  • Posted by starznbarz 1 year, 6 months ago
    I found " My Dearest Friend' Letters of Abigail and John Adams , to be a very informative and interesting account of the times - it was not so much different than today, the one MAJOR exception was that the "politicians" of that time were mostly honorable, quite the stark exception from the crop we have today.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 1 year, 6 months ago
    America was settled by what Europe regarded as misfits and troublemakers. My own ancestors were Irish sent to the American frontier after losing the final Catholic-Protestant clash at the Battle of the Boyne (1690), and French Huguenots cast out of France in 1700. As castaways, these people were receptive to the antimonarchist ideas of political philosophers like Burke, Montesquieu, and Voltaire, since they had been ill treated by European royalty.

    There was a kind of benign neglect of the American colonists, since few of European nobility wanted to endure the hardships of the frontier. As a result, the colonists found they were able to express ideas openly in America that would have been criminal in the European homelands. One of my ancestors was Peter LeGrand, a prominent farmer from the western border of Virginia, a member of the House of Burgesses, seated there with Jefferson and Patrick Henry. His notes show an amazing liberty of expression among the Burgesses, up until the crown's Virginia governor decided he couldn't risk such seditious talk and closed the institution.

    Every human society has such creative, industrious minds, but America was unique in that the combination of necessary self reliance and freedom of intellectual expression gave birth to the first society founded on a strong belief in individual liberty. Thanks for sharing these valuable archives.
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