With Jefferson and Chancellor George Wythe he drew up a new law code for Virginia.
With a liberal Scotsman, Dr William Small, then of the faculty of William and Mary and later a friend of Erasmus Darwin, and George Wythe (1726-1806), a very accomplished scholar and leader of the Virginia bar, Jefferson was an habitual member, while still in college, of a partie carree at the table of Francis Fauquier (c. 1720-1768), the accomplished lieutenant-governor of Virginia.
Soon after leaving college he entered Wythe's law office, and in 1767, after five years of close study, was admitted to the bar.
The last two were parts of a body of codified laws prepared (1776-1779) by Edmund Pendleton, 3 George Wythe, and Jefferson, and principally by Jefferson.
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