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Sale of Books to the Library of Congress (1815)

Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in rebuilding the Library of Congress when he sold the bulk of his book collection to the United States government in 1815.

Enlightenment Influence: A Summary View of the Rights of British America

Drawing upon Enlightenment criticism of unlawful authority, Jefferson wrote this essay for the Virginia delegation to the First Continental Congress. He accused King George III of imposing illegal control over Virginia’s political decisions, including its desire to restrict or outlaw slavery. Jefferson wrote, “The abolition of domestic slavery is the great object of desire in those colonies.”