Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

by Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

Engraving on copper; colored. First advertised for sale in New Haven, Connecticut, on 13 December 1775.

by Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

Engraving on copper; colored. First advertised for sale in New Haven, Connecticut, on 13 December 1775.

by Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

Engraving on copper; colored. First advertised for sale in New Haven, Connecticut, on 13 December 1775.

by Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

See original

by Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

Engraving on copper; colored. First advertised for sale in New Haven, Connecticut, on 13 December 1775.

by Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

Engraving and rocker work with watercolor on laid paper. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

by Amos Doolittle (1754—1832)

Engraving (Peter Lacour, draftsman); printed in The Columbian Magazine (Philadelphia), August 1789. Rare Book and Special Collections Divisi

Jefferson biographers express astonishment that the apprenticeship with Wythe lasted five full years, 1762 - 67, at a time when almost no one studied law for more than two. Patrick Henry studied not more than six weeks, or so at least he told Jefferson, and Wythe for one was so convinced of the inadequacy of Henry’s training he refused to sign his license. Jefferson’s years under Wythe, years of virtually uninterrupted reading, not only in the law but also in ancient classics, English literature, and general political philosophy, were not so much an apprenticeship for law as an apprenticeship for greatness.

Fawn M. Brodie
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974)