Requests for Information related to Thomas Jefferson



>On your web site you have a section
>"Inalienable Rights".  This is not what Thomas
>Jefferson said, in the Declaration of Independence it
>says,"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that
>all men are created equal, that they are endowed by
>their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; see
>the National Archives web site, the place that has
>the actual document:
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>Please tell me you're going to change this as soon as

You missed the citation at the bottom of the quote.  The quotation on my
site is the "Declaration of Independence AS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY
Thomas Jefferson, 1776. Papers, 1:315."  This is how Jefferson wrote it
himself BEFORE submitting it to Congress, and is the version he
included in his Autobiography.   It is slightly different than the version as
finally issued by Congress, which is the copy at the National Archives

Jefferson orignally had it, "with inherent and inalienable rights," which
was afterwards changed to "certain unalienable rights."  But because the
original version has a fuller philosophical meaning, I chose to put his
original version on my website, since I wanted to cover as completely as
possible Jefferson's concept of inalienable rights.  (In fact, it was the
printer, not Congress, that changed "inalienable" to "unalienable.")

For these reasons, I will not be changing what is posted on my site.  But
thanks for visiting the site and for writing.

Best wishes,

Eyler Coates


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