Extract from Margaret Bayard Smith’s Account of a Visit to Monticello

He afterwards took us to the drawing room, in the dome 26 or 7 feet diameter—It is a noble & beautiful apartment—perfectly round with 8 circular windows & a sky-light—It was not furnished, & being in the attic story, is not used.—which I thought a great pity, as it might be made the most beautiful room in the house.

When we descended to the Hall, he asked us to pass into the library, or as I called it his sanctum sanctorrum, where any other foot than his own seldom intrudes.

MS (DLC: Margaret Bayard Smith Papers: Diary 1809–28). Published in PTRJS, 1:389–90.
Margaret Bayard Smith
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July 29, 1809 to August 2, 1809
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