Quotes and snippets from Jefferson have been used to suggest that he altered his views on slavery, or that these were inconsistent with each other. He can be quoted to sound like an ardent abolitionist, or to sound like the most oppressive of masters. But everything he wrote on the subject is consistent with the complex treatment he gave to slavery in his Notes [on Virginia]. He always opposed enslavement in general and further slave imports to Virginia in particular. He always supported the freeing of slaves en masse, but always and only in connection with a scheme of deportation ...
PA — 11 September 1777.
SC — 8 September 1781.
New York, NY — 16 November 1776.
PA — 4 October 1777.
Greensboro, NC — 15 March 1781.
New York, NY — 16 September 1776.
NY — 27 August 1776.
NJ — 28 June 1778.
NJ — 26 December 1776 (Second Battle of Trenton, 2 January 1777).
Portsmouth, RI — The earthwork redoubt is still discernible, it was a key position during the Battle of Rhode Island (1778), and provides a panoramic view of Mt. Hope Bay.
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)