Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Maria Cosway

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 feet! and the glorious Sun, when rising as if out of a distant water, just gilding the tops of the mountains, & giving life to all nature!

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 10:443–55.
Thomas Jefferson
Maria Cosway
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October 12, 1786
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