Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania
From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
In the summer of 1819, a few newspapers on the east coast of the United States reported that Thomas Jefferson was staying in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania, for about two months. These newspapers include:
- July 28, 1819
- The New-York Columbian - New York, New York
- July 29, 1819
- Baltimore Patriot - Baltimore, Maryland
- July 30, 1819
- The Alexandria Herald - Alexandria, Virginia
- National Messenger - Georgetown, Washington D.C.
- August 3, 1819
- Boston Patriot & Daily Mercantile Advertiser - Boston, Massachusetts
- Salem Gazette - Salem, Massachusetts
- August 4, 1819
- American Watchman - Wilmington, Delaware
- August 5, 1819
- American Beacon and Norfolk & Norfolk Daily Advertiser - Norfolk, Virginia
- August 7, 1819
- City Gazette and Daily Advertiser - Charleston, South Carolina
- August 10, 1819
- The Juniata Gazette - Lewistown, Pennsylvania
- The Genius of Liberty - Leesburg, Virginia
- Eastern Argus - Portland, Maine
Most of these articles tended to use similar wording and many were copied directly. An example of one of the articles is noted here:
"The author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, is now at Bedford (Pa.) Springs, where we understand he intends to remain two months."
This information is false. Thomas Jefferson did NOT travel to Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania in 1819. He was actually visiting Poplar Forest during this time period. A retraction of these reports was later printed by The Carlisle Republican in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
- ↑ Baltimore Patriot, July 29, 1819, Vol. XIV, Issue 23.