Thomas Jefferson's Notes - Declaration

Thomas Jefferson's Notes-Declaration

The Library of Congress' Jefferson Exhibition tells us: 

This is the only surviving fragment of the earliest draft of the Declaration of Independence. This fragment demonstrates that Jefferson heavily edited his first draft of the Declaration of Independence before he prepared a fair copy that became the basis of 'the original Rough draught.'

None of the deleted words and passages in this fragment appears in the 'Rough draught,' but all of the undeleted 148 words, including those careted and interlined, were copied into the 'Rough draught' in a clear form.

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Media Credits

Fragment of earliest draft, Library of Congress. 

Information and quote from Library of Congress web site, Thomas Jefferson Exhibition.



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