Well, it’s almost here! And no doubt Tom deserves all that honor that Lincoln accorded him, because the Declaration of Independence belongs to him more than anyone else. But I have to add that I’ve always thought that letter about the light of science defeating monkish ignorance and superstition was over-the-top. And then there’s that Christian Epicurean stuff in some other letters.... If God had a chosen people, are they really the farmers? Jefferson was a most erudite and thoughtful man, and he certainly loved liberty, especially the liberty of the mind. The American mind in all its complexity and its ambivalence owes more to him than anyone else.