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THE PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, Vol. I (679 pp.)—Edited by Julian P. Boyd —Princeton University ($10).

On a fall day in 1946, some 300 Indians of the Oto tribe sat themselves down in a solemn, elm-shaded circle near Ponca City, Okla., and received a delegation of white men. As the ceremonies began, Moses Harragara, an elder of the tribe, handed a copy of a manuscript to the boss white man, Princeton Librarian Julian P. Boyd. It was no ordinary document. President Thomas Jefferson had written it and handed it personally to Oto Chief...