Originally Written & Posted Online by CDR Kerchner @ Puzo1.BlogSpot.com: Sunday, May 2, 2010 @ 12:34 PM
Thomas Jefferson a Founder of our Nation & Influential in Framing our Constitution used his personal copy of 1775 French edition of ‘The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law’ by Vattel
Jefferson’s personal and well annotated in the margins copy of Vattel’s Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law 1775 French edition is now in the possession of the Library of Congress. I suspect that this copy was actually one of the 3 copies sent to Benjamin Franklin by Charles Dumas in 1775. Franklin’s personal copy of the 1775 edition was never found in history. We also know that Franklin also had a copy of an earlier edition of Vattel. I suspect he loaned one of the 3 newly received 1775 editions of Vattel to Jefferson for use in the writing of the Declaration of Independence and that is how that copy got to Jefferson. The other two copies of the 1775 edition sent to Franklin ended up with one copy in the Library in Philadelphia for use by the Congress meeting in Philadelphia and the other in library of “College of Massachusetts Bay” in Massachusetts. So maybe I’ve solved the mystery of what happened to the 3rd copy sent by Dumas, Franklin’s personal copy of the 1775 Dumas edition of the Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law.
P.S. Thomas Jefferson was one of the first founders that I have found a written record of as using the term “natural born Citizen” in his writings. See this account in 1777.
P.P.S.: See more about the founders and framers use of The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law to write the founding documents for our Constitutional Republic in the links below. The legal treatise, The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law, known as the Law of Nations for short, clearly defined the term “naturel” or “natural born Citizen” as a person born in the country of parents (plural) who were Citizens of the country:
1. Benjamin Franklin in 1775 thanked Charles Dumas of the Netherlands for sending him 3 more copies of the newest 1775 French edition of Vattel’s Law of Nations:
2. President George Washington in 1789 consulted Vattel’s legal treatise The Law of Nations as America’s new President: