The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

The Republic of Letters The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison For the first fifty years of the new nation s existence they formed a personal and political partnership jointly working out the ideology of democracy and the practice of representative government T

  • Title: The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
  • Author: James Morton Smith
  • ISBN: 9780393036916
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

    For the first fifty years of the new nation s existence, they formed a personal and political partnership, jointly working out the ideology of democracy and the practice of representative government.The collaboration began in 1776, when Jefferson and Madison met as members of the Virginia House of Delegates, and ended fifty years later, when Jefferson died They exchangedFor the first fifty years of the new nation s existence, they formed a personal and political partnership, jointly working out the ideology of democracy and the practice of representative government.The collaboration began in 1776, when Jefferson and Madison met as members of the Virginia House of Delegates, and ended fifty years later, when Jefferson died They exchanged nearly 1,250 letters, running the gamut from short notes Will you come and sit an hour before dinner to day Jefferson scribbled to Madison in 1791 to Madison s remarkable seventeen page letter on the results of the Constitutional Convention.Whether every letter was a faultless work of art may be debated But their correspondence reveals, in precision and complex detail, what Jefferson called freshness of fact Since neither Jefferson nor Madison kept a diary, their innermost thoughts went directly into their letters, deeply revealing the loyalties and genius of both men.These volumes present for the first time all of the letters, annotated and in chronological order, organized into chapters by year In addition to the general introduction to the correspondence, introductory essays to each chapter establish context and identify persons and events for the general reader.James Morton Smith is Director Emeritus of The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and a past director of the Wisconsin State Historical Society In addition to his many books, he was the general editor of the Bicentennial Series, The States and the Nation, published by Norton.

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    One thought on “The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

    1. Ben

      Never before I have seen such vivid examples of Aristotelian philia; the megalopsychos possessed of practical wisdom ("The quality that I am attempting to describe is that special understanding of public life, which successful statesmen have, whether they are wicked or virtuous. That which Bismarck had or Talleyrand or Franklin Roosevelt or, for that matter, men such as Cavour or Disraeli, Gladstone or Ataturk in common with the great psychological novelists, and something which is conspicuously [...]

    2. Douglas Graney

      Lots to wade through but you'll find an occaisional nugget. If you like reading other people's mail, this may be for you.

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