Oh happy day: volume 5 of Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series has arrived. This brings us up through March 1813 – only 13 years, 3 months, and 4 days to go! (Er, plus the remaining seven years of his presidency.)
In this installment, TJ “receives many requests for governmental patronage, responds insightfully to a colorful assortment of authors and inventors, is mildly diverted by a fraudulent perpetual-motion machine, and spends considerable time on legal troubles…Jefferson remains accessible to the public, receives anonymous letters urging him to convert to Christianity, and settles a wager for one correspondent who asks if Jefferson ever met the British King.”
If you are eager to have a copy of your very own, we of course are selling it, as are Amazon and most of the usual suspects; you can also use the ever-handy Open WorldCat to locate a library copy near you. Our nine (nine!) library copies should be deploying to their intended homes any second now.