Extract from William Short to John H. Cocke

I have frequently heard Mr Jefferson say that this germ of a fondness for building, was developed in him by the accidental circumstance of his purchasing a book on Architecture, when at College from an old drunken Cabinetmaker who still resided near the College gate in my time & whom I recollect perfectly. It is another proof of what we see every day, that small causes will produce great effects, & often so remote in appearance as to be difficult to be traced back to it—Who w could discover by any course of reasoning a priori that a drunken cabinet maker residing near the College & having a book on Architecture to dispose of, would have caused that immense pile of building on the top of Monticello height, & at its feet the edifice varied by all the beautiful orders of Greece.

RC (ViU: John Hartwell Cocke Papers).