of those statements of issue are found in a single document which was
1781-1782 was at a time of stalemate
in the Revolutionary War. Fighting was intractable and the occupation by the
English was getting expensive for them.
We were simply attempting to just
outwait them until they would leave. (Obviously due to the many similarities
I sometime have an immediate adverse knee jerk reaction if someone mentions
the invasion of Iraq and to a lesser extent Afghanistan.)
It was only the support of
the French with their massive amounts of aid that made it possible to
survive this period of time. We were depleted of money by 1778. That was only a
year after the war started..
So the English added a new
tactic which was rather novel. They set about undermining our reputation
throughout the world.
The English had a list of primary
targets and I was third on that list after George Washington and Ben Franklin.
Ben Franklin moved to the top of the list by 1779-1780. He was far more
responsible for America's independence than anyone realizes.
To undermine me, who was the
Governor of Virginia at the time, the English used the Notes
on the State of Virginia which was a yearly state report which was
sent out worldwide. .
The English changed the Notes to made a monstrosity
out of them, translated it into French and had it published it in
France. Then every time one of the Lords got drunk and upset at me he would
put down the money to have another 10,000 copies printed.
I don't know when it was published
in English. The insanity is that everyone accepts it as the truth without
a single question as to the possibility of it being a forgery and just anti-American
Lets take it sequentially. First. here is an example of the original
format and straight forward style of the fact sheet.
An exact description of the limits and boundaries of the state of
Virginia is bounded on the
East by the Atlantic: on the North by a line of latitude, crossing the
Eastern Shore through Watkins's Point, being about 37 degrees.57' North
latitude; from thence by a streight line to Cinquac, near the mouth of
Patowmac; thence by the Patowmac, which is common to Virginia and Maryland,
to the first fountain of its northern branch; thence by a meridian line,
passing through that fountain till it intersects a line running East and
West, in latitude 39 degrees.43'.42.4" which divides Maryland from
Pennsylvania, and which was marked by Messrs. Mason and Dixon; thence
by that line, and a continuation of it westwardly to the completion of
five degrees of longitude from the eastern boundary of Pennsylvania, in
the same latitude, and thence by a meridian line to the Ohio: On the West
by the Ohio and Missisipi, to latitude 36 degrees.30'. North: and on the
South by the line of latitude last-mentioned. By admeasurements through
nearly the whole of this last line, and supplying the unmeasured parts
from good data, the Atlantic and Missisipi, are found in this latitude
to be 758 miles distant, equal to 13 degrees.38'. of longitude, reckoning
55 miles and 3144 feet to the degree. This being our comprehension of
longitude, that of our latitude, taken between this and Mason and Dixon's
line, is 3 degrees.13'.42.4" equal to 223.3 miles, supposing a degree
of a great circle to be 69 m. 864 f. as computed by Cassini. These boundaries
include an area somewhat triangular, of 121525 square miles, whereof 79650
lie westward of the Allegany mountains, and 57034 westward of the meridian
of the mouth of the Great Kanhaway. This state is therefore one third
larger than the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, which are reckoned
at 88357 square miles.
That is all there was to it.
Boring as can be. More? We are going to jump into the most exciting part
so prepare yourself for the geology section.
I have seen, were
some of them of a white as pure as one might expect to find on the surface
of the earth: but most of them were variegated with red, blue, and purple.
None of it has been ever worked. It forms a very large precipice, which
hangs over a navigable part of the river. It is said there is marble at
It's a government report so
what did you expect, Uncle Tom's Cabin? Well that is what the English
made it into by placing crap like you are about to read. This is one of many paragraphs in that propaganda concerning
blacks that people complain about.
They are more ardent after
their female: but love seems with them to be more an eager desire, than
a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation. Their griefs are
transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether
heaven has given life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt, and sooner
forgotten with them. In general, their existence appears to participate
more of sensation than reflection.
It's irrational to think it
was ever part of a Virginia State report. This next is one of the other parts
that people protest and it is about education.
Of the boys thus sent in
any one year, trial is to be made at the grammar schools one or two years,
and the best genius of the whole selected, and continued six years, and
the residue dismissed. By this means twenty of the best geniusses will
be raked from the rubbish annually, and be instructed, at the public expence,
so far as the grammer schools go.
Nothing in it can be correlated
with any policy I ever made or legislation I wrote (or signed) concerning
public education in my entire life. This implies among other things that
I had scant regard for 100% of the girls and 95+% of the boys. That was
never my policy about education or anything that I ever wrote on education.
My attitude was that everyone can benefit from an education and so should
have one. (Actually democracy can only survive if people can read.)
Realize that those two things
that people most object to concerning Thomas Jefferson are found only in this
one document. There is nothing even remotely similar to to either one
of of these offensive remarks in any of the other 27,000 papers that
I wrote, which are in the US archives, which you can read online here.
Try to prove me wrong by finding one similar comment in any one of those
27,000 papers. I dare you!
The first paragraph of the modified Notes which is an advertisement
should be read as it indicates some of the butchery that was involved.
(Ignore the dates though.)
The following Notes were
written in Virginia in the year 1781, and somewhat corrected and enlarged
in the winter of 1782, in answer to Queries proposed to the Author, by
a Foreigner of Distinction, then residing among us. The subjects are all
treated imperfectly; some scarcely touched on. To apologize for this by
developing the circumstances of the time and place of their composition,
would be to open wounds which have already bled enough. To these circumstances
some of their imperfections may with truth be ascribed; the great mass
to the want of information and want of talents in the writer. He had a
few copies printed, which he gave among his friends: and a translation
of them has been lately published in France, but with such alterations
as the laws of the press in that country rendered necessary. They are
now offered to the public in their original form and language.
Let's get into details. They are saying that the real Notes were a forgery and that these are the real ones. It's an excellent propaganda technique.
The speech patterns and even the words of the added sections were often never used in the Americas.
It's certainly not American or 'Bastardized' as the English and even the
French often called it.
It's not at all my writing
style.The eloquent nature of all of my writings are completely lacking
in those erratic writings so why do people believe them?
I am befumbled but never surprised
about how gullible people can be.
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