FOUNDING FATHER THOMAS JEFFERSON SETS THE STAGE FOR EVERY AMERICAN
Until early 1775, most of the early colonists felt that the considerable support provided by King George III was very beneficial and an integral part of their success. In opposition, many had become displeased with aspects of their distant subordinate relationship. For example, they faced excessive taxation, unfair legislation and unwarranted persecution, military action, lack of justice, unreasonable immigration restrictions, and severe limitations of commerce.
These reasons were amplified by rising pressure related to surrounding events. Eventually, the men in power felt that their colonies needed to pursue complete independence from Great Britain.
THIS SMALL CONTINENTAL CONGRESSIONAL COMMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED TO DRAFT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress called for the drafting of a declaration thereof, to be crafted by a committee consisting of the following members: Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and John Adams of Massachusetts.
From among these important figures, Thomas Jefferson was appointed as the chief writer because he was well known for his excellent writing and his previous work of a similar nature in Virginia.
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WHICH REPRESENTS THE SEVERANCE OF TIES TO GREAT BRITAIN AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW NATION
The result of his original draft, after many revisions, became known as the Declaration of Independence, finalized July 4, 1776. This was truly a pivotal moment for the thirteen colonies that were now part of one entity, the United States of America.
MONTICELLO - THE AWE INSPIRING 1770'S HOME OF THOMAS JEFFERSON
Jefferson is remembered well for this accomplishment as well as his many writings about the separation of church and state and rights of men. A famous quotation from the Declaration of Independence is:
“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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
These powerful words describe what it means to be an American and it lays a foundation for human rights throughout the world.
PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON HELPED INSPIRE & SCULPT THE CHARACTER OF AMERICAN SOCIETY
Let’s ponder over the impact that the statement “all men are created equal” has over our society today. We have extended this declaration to include every man, woman, and child within our borders. It is the basis for our justice system – no accused criminal shall be treated preferentially or pursued unjustly.
It is ironic that Jefferson includes mention of a Creator because he was especially critical of organized religion, insisting that it was a private matter between a man and his God. His detest was mainly focused on government influence over the church and specific popular doctrines, an opinion which, at that point in history, brought him much criticism from the general public.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND DELEGATES MAKE HISTORY AS THEY PARTICIPATE IN THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
But perhaps the most marked American characteristic is the assertion that by mere birth, a person is entitled to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This has certainly taken many shapes and extended meanings during the many eras that America as experienced since 1776. Many of our modern laws and morals echo this sentiment.
In addition to Jefferson's talent as a gifted writer, and his role as the third President of the United States, Jefferson was well known for his Monticello estate. His cherished wife, Martha died at the young age of 33, a few months after giving birth to their last child. Although they had six children, only two daughters lived, and only Martha lived past age 25. Thomas Jefferson was to experience so much heartache.
THE ELEGANT DINING ROOM AT THOMAS JEFFERSON'S LONG-TIME VIRGINIA HOME, THE MONTICELLO
Despite the deep sadness Jefferson felt for the loss of his wife, he still entertained quite a bit at his Monticello estate. One of the great treasures of this period is his private chinese 1790's export china collection which represents a stunning example of simple elegance. The letter "J." is monogramed inside a crest with a knight’s helmet above it. The edges contain a trace of gilt, as well as medium blue geometric design with gold embellishments. Rather stunning.
THOMAS JEFFERSON'S "J." 1790'S CHINESE EXPORT CHINA A FOUNDING FATHER'S ELEGANCE GRACED HIS TABLE FROM THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX
You may now have the opportunity to own pieces from this historically significant china collection. World-renowned collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, has recently acquired this exceptional treasure. Engage with Mr. Amyx now to inquire about President Thomas Jefferson's fine china, or other rare Presdential pieces that may be available now or in the future.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX