Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William J. Coffee

You are right in what you have thought and done as to the Metops of our Doric pavilion. those of the baths of Diocletian are all human faces, and so are to be those of our Doric pavilion. but in my middle room at Poplar Forest, I mean to mix the faces and ox-sculls, a fancy which I can indulge in my own case, altho’ in a public work I feel bound to follow authority strictly.

RC (MHi).
Date Range
July 10, 1822 to July 11, 1822