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Friend's papers shed light on Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday - 5/14/2013, 8:00am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Manuscripts and other materials that offer new perspectives on Thomas Jefferson are being donated to the foundation that owns his estate.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation plans to formally accept 2,500 manuscripts, works of art and decorative objects at a reception Tuesday afternoon at the Jefferson Library at Monticello. The items donated by Sister Margherita Marchione are related to Jefferson's longtime friend, Philip Mazzei.

Foundation librarian Jack Robertson tells The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/10UNnTC ) that the materials provide new angles on Jefferson, Monticello and the nation's founding generation.

Mazzei was a merchant, surgeon and horticulturist. Robertson says he also was a radical political thinker and writer who contributed to the formulation of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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