Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Madame de Tessé
|Nismes. Mar. 20. 1787.|
would you believe Madam, that in [this 18th. centur]y, in France, und[er the reign of Louis XVI, they] are [at this mo]ment pulling down the circular wall of this superb remain [to pave a ro]ad? and that too from a hill which is itself an entire mass of stone just as fit, & more accessible. a former Intendant, a Monsr de Baville has rendered his memory dear to travellers & amateurs by the pains he took to preserve & to restore these monuments of antiquity. the present one (I do not know who he is) is demolishing the object to make a good road to it.