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In 1815, Jefferson offered to sell his massive library of over 6,400 books to the U.S. Government to replace those books burned in 1814 by the invading British. The Government paid him over $23,000 for his library. That amounted to almost $400,000 in today's money, i.e., after the Revolution, Washington had to sell a large parcel of his land for $50,000 ...

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