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  1. Dec 2017
    1. of the parent especially & his progeny on which all his affections are concentrated.

      I thought that this statement was rather strong coming from a man who failed to recognize any of the children he had with Sally Hemings. To say that all of a parent's affection is concentrated on their offspring seems rather hypocritical and insincere when said by Jefferson.

    2. To develope the reasoning faculties of our youth,

      I find this segment especially significant because one of Jefferson's sincerest desires was for man to be governed by reason. In creating an institution that would cultivate one's reasoning and logic, he intended to create a society that indeed would be able to be governed by reason.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. we have proposed no professor of Divinity;

      I found it very interesting that when drafting the plans for professors and classes, the authors chose not to have someone teach religion. I understand their view that the Constitution protects our freedom of religion, but even our Declaration of Independence makes multiple references to a higher being. I don't see how providing courses on religion would infringe upon one's right or how it could cause tension between those of different religions.