Re: The Private Jefferson - (Page 8 of Arguably)
President Thomas Jefferson, the apostle of liberty
, was paradoxical, not just for his belief in revolution and order. For someone whose legacy is so much caught up with the foundation of enduring public institutions of state, his private life might seem of less interest. Hitchens mentions his concubine and his manumitted children from her, his pre-Darwin puzzlement at fossils high on the hill of Monticello, and his indifference to religion in the face of death. It all reads like gossip, and I am not sure what it adds to the myth of the public man.