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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

Is Christmas Day any different?


#1 A dislocation of my right wrist has for upwards of three months prevented me the honor of writing to you. I begin to use it a little for the pen, but it is with great pain.

#2 I am full of plans of emploiment when I get there. They chiefly respect the active functions of the body. To the mind I shall administer amusement chiefly. An only daughter and a numerous family of grandchildren will furnish me great resources of happiness.

#3 I inclose you a copy of it, however, in the handwriting of one of my granddaughters for my dislocated wrist is failing to …

#1 Charles William Frederick Dumas, 46,  Paris, Dec. 25, 1786
#2 Charles Thompson, 58,  Washington, Dec. 25, 1808
#3  Joseph C. Cabell, 33, Monticello, Dec. 25, 1820

Patrick Lee’s Explanation

What do these three excerpts spanning 34 years have to do with Christmas? Absolutely nothing. But all three were written on Christmas day. As nearly as I can discern from handwritten copies, none refer to the Christian holiday.
One web site displays 71 letters dated December 25 among a collection of Thomas Jefferson’s papers, the vast majority written by Jefferson to others. I picked excerpts from the earliest one listed in 1786, one in-between, 1808, and one of the latter ones, from 1820.

I suspect a perusal of all his letters of that date would reveal little or no mention of Christmas. Although Jefferson confessed a strong preference for the moral teachings of Jesus, he did not regard Jesus as divine. As such, the Christian holiday marking Jesus’ birth would have had no significance for Jefferson. December 25 was just another day to him.

The first letter, written when Jefferson was minister to France, details some commercial and financial issues relative to the U.S. The dislocated wrist resulted from a fall he took as he escorted Maria Conway around Paris.
The second letter describes Jefferson’s much-anticipated retirement from public life. The third appears to deal with issues related to the University of Virginia. He needed a granddaughter’s help to copy and forward some necessary documents. That pesky wrist again …

Not a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” in the bunch!

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About Christmas Day, not so much.

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