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 +[[Image:Jefferson-Boyetet1786.jpg|center|thumb|28 July 1786 letter from Jefferson to Boyetet, written as normal with his right hand. [http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/ Library of Congress]]]
[[Image:HeadandHeart.gif|right|thumb|Jefferson's "Head and Heart" letter to Maria Cosway, written with his left hand. [http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/ Library of Congress]]] [[Image:HeadandHeart.gif|right|thumb|Jefferson's "Head and Heart" letter to Maria Cosway, written with his left hand. [http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/ Library of Congress]]]
We are sometimes asked whether [[Thomas Jefferson]] was right-handed or left-handed. He was '''right-handed'''. One of his most famous letters, however - sometimes referred to as the "Head and Heart" letter<ref>Jefferson to [[Maria Cosway]], Paris, 12 October 1786. [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']] 10:443-455. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mtj1&fileName=mtj1page006.db&recNum=468 Letterpress copy] at the Library of Congress.</ref> - was written entirely with his left hand after he had [[Wrist Injury (1786)|broken his right wrist]] in Paris in 1786. Although the letter is surprisingly legible, it is clearly different from his normal handwriting. We are sometimes asked whether [[Thomas Jefferson]] was right-handed or left-handed. He was '''right-handed'''. One of his most famous letters, however - sometimes referred to as the "Head and Heart" letter<ref>Jefferson to [[Maria Cosway]], Paris, 12 October 1786. [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']] 10:443-455. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mtj1&fileName=mtj1page006.db&recNum=468 Letterpress copy] at the Library of Congress.</ref> - was written entirely with his left hand after he had [[Wrist Injury (1786)|broken his right wrist]] in Paris in 1786. Although the letter is surprisingly legible, it is clearly different from his normal handwriting.

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28 July 1786 letter from Jefferson to Boyetet, written as normal with his right hand. Library of Congress
28 July 1786 letter from Jefferson to Boyetet, written as normal with his right hand. Library of Congress
Jefferson's "Head and Heart" letter to Maria Cosway, written with his left hand. Library of Congress
Jefferson's "Head and Heart" letter to Maria Cosway, written with his left hand. Library of Congress

We are sometimes asked whether Thomas Jefferson was right-handed or left-handed. He was right-handed. One of his most famous letters, however - sometimes referred to as the "Head and Heart" letter[1] - was written entirely with his left hand after he had broken his right wrist in Paris in 1786. Although the letter is surprisingly legible, it is clearly different from his normal handwriting.

Footnotes

  1. Jefferson to Maria Cosway, Paris, 12 October 1786. PTJ 10:443-455. Letterpress copy at the Library of Congress.