Sheds Light on Jefferson's Religion
I am assuming that some of you have already heard the news about the new Thomas Jefferson diaries of his post-presidential years at Monticello. The news was broke to the public at a Monday press conference at Monticello where Jefferson historian, Dianne Swann-Wright expressed her excitement at having a new primary source on Jefferson:
This is a wonderful day for us here at Monticello and for American history enthusiasts everywhere...We look forward to reviewing and making public these records available to the public. The revelations in this journal are extraordinary...We are gaining new insight into the man that before was nothing more than mystery in many ways.The Journal contains roughly 500 pages (all written by Jefferson himself). So far, historians at the University of Virginia (where the diary is being scrutinized in detail), have only released a few of its entries. For our blog's purposes, here are a few interesting entries regarding religion:
"Tired and cold today. Ms. Hemmings and I in continual quarrel. Unable to strike reason into the woman. She is so incorrigible. I feel myself longing for the quiet seclusion that only the Bible can provide. I hope posterity will one day recognize that I hold the Bible to be the absolute, supreme and infallible word of God. It's best understood when completely and totally inebriated, which allows the Holy Spirit to bring enlightenment into my life...much in the same way that peyote brings about inspiration to the Indian, so does alcohol to the Christian.On October 30, 1788 Jefferson writes:
"Met with J. Madison my dear friend of many years. Though short in stature, I find Madison surprisingly strong. We Engaged in mud wrestling and I let said friend, Madison win. Drank more Madeira wine. I wish to run naked through the beautiful meadows between Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains come this Spring. I will delight in frolicking like a young schoolgirl through the tulips."Incredible stuff! Who would have thought that Jefferson would mud wrestle James Madison and run in the nude! AMAZING!!!
"This is sure to cause quite a stir in the historical community" stated historian David McCullough.
HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY EVERYONE!!!