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Thomas Jefferson in a New Light

Thomas Jefferson in a New Light

When: Mon 17 Feb 2014, 18.45 -20.00

Where: Conference Centre, British Library

Price: £5, (£4 Over 60s) and £3

Sold out for 17 Feb 2014, 18.45-20.00

When Thomas Jefferson was nearly 66 years old he retired from the American presidency, trading in his hectic public life for a tranquil private one. He envisaged his days spent outdoors overseeing the operations of his farms, and his evenings devoted to reading and enjoying the company of family and friends. But what Jefferson imagined for himself in retirement was quite different from the reality of his life at Monticello, his Virginia plantation home. 

While some of the details of various events and issues can be extracted from his own writings, he remained characteristically reserved, sometimes completely silent, on others. What was Jefferson – father, grandfather, and friend – like in these last years of his life? What was his life like at Monticello? What effect did living with him have on his extended family and how did they perceive him? Lisa A. Francavilla, Managing Editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, will use family letters and other documents to enable us to view Jefferson from a far different perspective than that which he carefully crafted in his own correspondence. 

This event is sponsored by the Eccles Centre