Personal Seal

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One of Jefferson's seals
One of Jefferson's seals

Pictured to the right is "one of Jefferson's seals,"[1] according to his grandson-in-law Nicholas Philip Trist, bearing the motto, "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." Jefferson's Memorandum Books contain the notation, "Pd. Thomson for a seal £3-7" on 26 March 1786; this may refer to the purchase of this seal.[2] The first known intact copy of the seal is on a letter to Richard Gem of 4 April 1790.[3]


  1. Randall, Life, III:585-6.
  2. MB 615.
  3. PTJ 16:297-298.

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