The immense amount of scholarship as well as the complex voluminous paraphernalia required to make a comprehensive collection of all the papers given and gotten by someone as prolific and active as Thomas Jefferson is appreciated best by those who have followed the production of the Jefferson Volumes. The first one appeared nearly 20 years ago. The cost, even to those who subscribed to the whole series, has gone up. The speed of producing them has gone down far below the glad hopes at the beginning. The quality and excellence of the books as well as the profoundly important story are illustrated vividly time and again. The most recent volume, number 17 in the series, brings matters up almost to the end of 1790.
In the four or more years which elapsed between the publication of volumes 16 and 17, Congress passed enabling legislation to support a far reaching and