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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 7 Nov. 1785 [Quote]

Chocolate. this article when ready made, and also the Cacao becomes so easily soon rancid, and the difficulties of getting it fresh have been so great in America that it’s use has spread but little. the way to increase it’s consumption would be to permit it to be brought to us immediately from...

Extract from John Adams to Henry Knox, 15 Dec. 1785 [Quote]

You can Scarcely have heard a Character too high of my Friend and Colleague Mr. Jefferson, either in point of Power or Virtues. My Fellow Labourer in Congress, eight or nine years ago, upon many arduous Tryals, particularly in the draught of our Declaration of Independence and in the formation of...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Currie, 28 Jan. 1786 [Quote]

I send by this conveiance designs for the Capitol. they are simple & sublime. more cannot be said. they are not the brat of a whimsical conception never before brought to light, but copied from the most precious the most perfect model of antient architecture remaining on earth; one which has...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Currie, 28 Jan. 1786 [Quote]

I observe by the public papers that he has brought on a very disagreeable altercation with mr Jay, in which he has given to the character of the latter a colouring which does not belong to it. these altercations, little thought of in America, make a great impression here. in truth it is...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 8 Feb. 1786 [Quote]

à propos of the Capitol. do my dear friend exert yourself to get the plan begun or set aside, & that adopted which was drawn here. it was taken from a model which has been the admiration of 16. centuries, which has been the object of as many pilgrimages as the tomb of Mahomet: which will give...

Juliana Annesley (Maxwell) to Martha Jefferson (Randolph), 20 April 1786

Allow me my Dear Girl to profit of the promise you have made me to correspond with me, and as I cannot bear the least shadow of formality between friends, I shall thro’ the whole of this letter endeavour to put away the remembrance of its being the first letter; I hope you will follow my example....

Juliana Annesley (Maxwell) to Martha Jefferson (Randolph), 27 April 1786

I am very angry with my Dear Jeffy for not having yet answered my Letter and am resolved to be revenged by not speaking to you for 100 years to come if I do not hear from you this very day I like punctual correspondants, therefore in your letter tell me if you can answer me to all my notes—I am...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Page, 4 May 1786 [Quote]

the city of London, tho’ handsomer than Paris, is not so handsome as Philadelphia. their architecture is in the most wretched stile I ever saw, not meaning to except America where it is bad, nor even Virginia where it is worse than in any other part of America, which I have seen.

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Maria Cosway, 12 Oct. 1786 [Quote]

and our own dear Monticello, where has Nature spread so rich a mantle under the eye? mountains, forests, rocks, rivers. with what majesty do we there ride above the storms! how sublime to look down into the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Maria Cosway, 12 Oct. 1786 [Quote]

the art of life is the art of avoiding pain: & he is the best pilot who steers clearest of the rocks & shoals with which it is beset. pleasure is always before us; but misfortune is at our side: while running after that, this arrests us. the most effectual means of being secure against...