This set is the Definitive Edition of Jefferson's "Writings" published by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Assciation with Andrew A. Lipscomb as Editor-in-Chief. Quoted from the "Title Page."
The set includes Jeffson's "Autobiography, his Notes on Virginia, his Parliamentary Manual, official papers, messages and addresses, and other writings, official and private, now collected in their entirety for the first time including all of the original manuscripts, deposited in the Department of State and published in 1853 by order of the Joint Committee of Congress with numerous illustrations and a comprehensive analytical Index."
While Jefferson is credited with writing the Declaration of Independence, he actually denied being the author of it. In a letter to John W. Campbell, dated September 3, 1809, Jefferson responds to a request "for publising a complete edition of my different writings." He writes as follows: "I say nothing of numerous draughts of reports, resolutions, declarations, etc., drawn as a member of Congress or of the Legislature of Virginia, such as the Declration of Independence, Report on the Money Unit of the United States, the Act of Religious Freedom, etc., etc.,; these having become the acts of public bodies, there can be no personal claim to them, and they would no more find readers now, than the journals and statute books in which they are deposited."
Joseph Lewis, in his 1947 edition of"Thomas Paine: Author of the Declaration of Independence," proved that Paine was indeed the author. Jefferson denied being the auhor until he claimed he was the author five years aafter Paine died.