RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 57445783 LA English T1 Jefferson's secrets : death and desire at Monticello A1 Burstein, Andrew., Rogers D. Spotswood Collection., PB Basic Books PP New York YR 2005 SN 0465008127 9780465008124 9780465008131 0465008135 AB How did Jefferson assess himself at his life's end? Drawing on Jefferson's postpresidential papers, which Burstein says have been little studied, the University of Tulsa history professor (The Passion of Andrew Jackson, etc.) presents a vivid portrait of Thomas Jefferson as an old man looking back on life, preparing for death and dwelling on both his successes and his sins. During Jefferson's dotage, as his finances collapsed around him, the old patriot had to confront not only the results of his lifelong fiscal excesses but also the fruits of other excesses. In his last years, Jefferson "permitted" two of his four children by the black slave Sally Hemings-both of whom could pass for white-to "run away." In his will he freed the remaining two, Madison and Eston Hemings, while at the same time making a request (granted) that the Virginia legislature permit them to remain in the state after emancipation-something not normally done.