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Carmichael is best known for his annotations and supplements to the Glasgow edition of Samuel Pufendorf’s De Ofﬁcio Hominis et Civis. This annotated edition was adopted as a textbook by contemporary professors, and it became standard reading in moral philosophy courses through the mid-eighteenth century. 15 There is no telling precisely how much Carmichael inﬂuenced Douglas in the matter of natural law or, in turn, how much Douglas inﬂuenced Jefferson, but the possibilities are intriguing. The subject of natural law would profoundly shape Jefferson’s thought; his exposure to such ideas could have come as early as his adolescence.
This detailed record of births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths represents a model of record-keeping and is more thorough than any similar Virginia records of the time. He went so far as to note the maiden names of mothers when their children were born or baptized. Remarkably, he often recorded slave marriages and christenings, too. The Douglas register forms a major contribution to American genealogical literature. It is difﬁcult to assess how Douglas’s record-keeping manifested itself in his teaching methods.
Authors from both the Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions, Jefferson noticed, set the term of man’s life at threescore years and ten. The similar diction between the different texts may suggest a possible inﬂuence. Marginal comments in Jefferson’s hand in other surviving books present many similar comparisons. A more substantial note in his hand occurs later in the Book of Common Prayer, which was bound with a copy of the psalms by Nicholas Brady and Nahum Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David, Fitted to the Tunes Used in Churches.