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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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2132. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, Where written.—[continued].
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2132. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, Where written.—[continued].

At the time of writing
the Declaration, I lodged in the house of a Mr.
Graaf, a new brick house, three stories high, of
which I rented the second floor, consisting of a
parlor and bedroom, ready furnished. In that
parlor I wrote habitually, and in it wrote this
paper, particularly. So far I state from written
proofs in my possession. The proprietor, Graaf,
was a young man, son of a German, and then
newly married. I think he was a bricklayer,
and that his house was on the south side of
Market street, probably between Seventh and
Eighth streets, and if not the only house on
that part of the street, I am sure there were
few others near it. I have some idea that it
was a corner house, but no other recollections
throwing light on the question, or worth communication.
To Dr. James Mease. Washington ed. vii, 410. Ford ed., x, 346.
(M. 1825)


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Jefferson had been asked to supply this information.
In the letter, from which the quotation is
made, he wrote: “It is not for me to estimate the
importance of the circumstances concerning which
your letter makes inquiry. They prove, even in
their minuteness, the sacred attachments of our fellow
citizens to the event of which the paper of July
4th, 1776, was but the declaration, the genuine effusion
of the soul of our country at that time. Small
things may, perhaps, like the relics of saints, help to
nourish our devotion to this holy bond of our Union,
and keep it longer alive and warm in our affections.
This effect may give importance to circumstances,
however small.” Editor.