Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Hamilton
[England’s] sun-less climate has permitted them to adopt what is certainly a beauty of the very first order in landscape. their canvas is of open ground, variegated with tufts clumps of trees tastily distributed with taste. they need no more of wood than will serve to embrace a lawn or a glade. but under the beaming, constant & almost vertical sun of Virga, shade is the object of delight our Elysium. in the absence of which this no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed.