"[Meriwether Lewis] kept promising copy and he never sent a single page. We don't know what, if anything, became of his manuscript. We have nothing. He wouldn't communicate with us."
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
President Jefferson talks about the Lewis & Clark expedition and America's role as an “Empire of liberty". Jefferson, that Type A keeper of records, was disappointed that Meriwether Lewis failed to complete his book about the journey. Lewis was Jefferson's neighbor, his protégé, his private secretary in the White House, and he led the most successful expedition in American history — a voyage Clay & David have spent many years discussing, and one that Clay revisits by foot and by canoe each summer with Odyssey Tours.
This week, the Thomas Jefferson Hour returns to its “Jefferson 101” series with the 15th show of this series presented by Clay S. Jenkinson. In this second of two shows discussing Jefferson’s time as the first Secretary of State, we learn more about Jefferson’s vision of American and the strong disagreements he had with Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.