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author of “The EMPERoR Nicholas I.,” “CATHERINE II. or Russia,”
“LIFE AND TIMEs of ALEXANDER HAMILTON,” “ARCTIC
- ExploFATIONS AND DiscoverIES,” ETC,

FHILADELPHIA :
JoHN E. Potter AND company.
No. 617 SANSOM STREET.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by
J. W. B R A D L EY,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

PR EFA C E.

THOMAS JEFFERSON was one of the great representative heroes of the age in which he lived. He will always remain a very prominent and remarkable character in American history. Several biographies of him have already appeared; but they have not satisfied the wants of the reading public on the subject. They have all been partisan works, filled either with indiscriminate praise, or with wholesale censure. Thus the largest and most valuable of these productions, that written by Professor Tucker, is a glowing eulogy from beginning to end. Books of this description fail to present a correct and faithful historical picture of the subjects of which they treat.

I have endeavored in the following pages to throw as much light as possible upon the career

and character of Mr. Jefferson; and to aid in ac

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