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Lot 581

1805 Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Speech

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Scarce 1805 silk broadside printing of President Thomas Jefferson's second Inaugural Speech, published by True and Parks, Boston. In the address, delivered March 4, 1805 in Washington, Jefferson reviews the successes of his first term in office, defends taxes that have been levied and the recent Louisiana Purchase, complains about "the artillery of the press," and waxes about the American "experiment". Framed under old glass in an early walnut frame with gilt sight edge. Sight: 18 1/2"H x 11 1/2"W. Frame: 21 1/4" H x 14 1/8"W. Note: True and Parks first printed Thomas Jefferson's inaugural speech in their Boston newpaper, The Democrat, on March 16, 1805. They then offered a special souvenir broadside version on white satin silk to subscribers. It is not known how many were originally printed, but only a handful are known to survive today. Examples may be found in the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and the University of Virginia.  (Ref. E. Cunningham, The Inaugural Addresses of Thomas Jefferson, 1801 and 1805, p. 90). 

PROVENANCE: Private Nashville collection. 


Two large intersecting separations to silk at center and at other areas along fold lines. Creasing and light discolorations; staining along lower edge. Not examined out of frame. 

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