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April 9, 1904

The Complete Anas of Thomas Jefferson.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(15):969. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490600035020

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This is a compilation of notes jotted down by Thomas Jefferson during the important period of 1791 to 1809. The anas are items of "passing transactions," private notes, opinions on current topics—just such items as one would record in a well-kept diary, but instead of being written in a book, they were put "on loose scraps of paper taken out of my pocket in the moment, and laid down to be copied fair at leisure, which, however, they hardly ever were." They are interesting and instructive as showing the personal views of one who helped to mold the opinion of men who founded our government and who framed the constitution under which we live. A brief biographical sketch of Jefferson is given, and his first inaugural address appears as an appendix. The editor could have made the work much more instructive had he inserted explanatory footnotes occasionally; as it is,

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