Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Thomas Jefferson's Travel Desk and the Declaration of Independence

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
Declaration of Independence Desk, 1776

While the drafts of the Declaration of Independence were among the first documents Jefferson wrote on this desk, the note he attached under the writing board in 1825 was among the last: "Politics as well as Religion has its superstitions. These, gaining strength with time, may, one day, give imaginary value to this relic, for its great association with the birth of the Great Charter of our Independence."