Founders' Letters Lag in Delivery

Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Edward Colimore

01/20/2008 - From sunrise until about 2 p.m. each day, he was "drudging at the writing table."

"The letters of a person," he once wrote, ". . . form the only full and genuine journal of his life."

In his 83 years, Thomas Jefferson penned nearly 20,000 pieces of correspondence, many in Philadelphia. The prolific framer of the Declaration of Independence wrote about politics, science, math and horticulture.

But about half his papers have never been published.


"We can put a man on the moon. We should be able to get the words of our Founding Fathers published along with the scholarship," said Rebecca W. Rimel, president of the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, which has contributed $7.5 million to the project since 1981.

The delay in publication is "a national embarrassment," Rimel said, "though I'm not blaming the people who have been toiling in the vineyards for so long."

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