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Scope and Contents The larvae of the Hessian fly (Mayetolia destructor), which destroyed wheat crops, began spreading across America from the Northeast in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (it reached Monticello around 1811 and now resides wherever wheat is grown in the United States). Jefferson took an interest in studying and stopping or eliminating the pest but, overwhelmed by political duties (and Federalist stabs at his scientific pursuits of all kinds), left Thomas Mann Randolph and Samuel L. Mitchell...
Scope and Contents A collection of accounts of conversations with Jefferson by various visitors, including John Quincy Adams and Daniel Webster, commenting on his style, his great range and preference of subject material, and overall talent as an interlocutor.
Scope and Contents An astute historian aware of the simplification or misrepresentation that time and a historian’s bias can bring, Jefferson took pains to establish an accurate but positive image for posterity. He encouraged the critical study of history of all nations, and endeavored to secure America’s history from antiquity to the revolutionary period. Louis Girardin was enlisted to write a history of Jefferson’s time based on Jefferson’s extensive collection of books and documents.
Scope and Contents Diary entries from Ellen Randolph Coolidge’s travels in Great Britain in 1838-39 serve as a record of the political, social, and artistic life of London, ranging from the national loyalty to young Queen Victoria, to the tasteless nature of superfluous columns in architecture. Her adventures in London, the English countryside (Cowes), and Edinburgh evoke memories of life in Virginia. She recalls tales of Europe told by Martha Randolph (educated at the convent in Paris) and Thomas Jefferson...
Scope and Contents Although Jefferson was not a linguist and professed distaste for the profession of law, he was committed to adapting the language and laws of the new Republic to suit the governed and be accessible to them. His revolutionary outlook is embodied in his advocacy of an ever-expanding English language dictated by usage, and adept use of language to author bold legislation in the founding of the nation while making his profession more the voice of the people than their legal representation or...
Scope and Contents A brief description of Jefferson’s habit of advising the young, particularly those in his family, with small wisdoms and guidelines, as well as a list, "a dozen Canons of conduct in Life," which he sent to Cornelia Jefferson Randolph.
Scope and Contents These letters to Anne Willing Bingham and Mary Jefferson exhibit Jefferson’s different writing styles and similar instructive tone. The first is to Ms. Bingham on the superlative occupations and repose of American life as opposed to Parisian. The second is a more casual and blunt letter to his daughter, Mary Jefferson, in which Jefferson asks her many questions regarding her happiness, habits, and developing talents as a housewife, and gives her careful guidelines for correct and moral behavior.
Scope and Contents In six accounts, denoted by different locations, dates, and musical arrangements played and by whom, various instruments played or related to those played by members of the Jefferson family are discussed. A 1786 Kirckman was purchased by Jefferson and played by Martha Jefferson in Paris in 1789, and yet another given to Maria Jefferson in 1798. Jefferson encouraged musicianship in his daughters and subsequent generations (Martha, Maria, Ellen Randolph and her aunt Virginia Cary were all skilled...
Scope and Contents As president, Jefferson adopted, as a personal habit and model for Washington society, a manner of intentional informality. He instituted random ("convenient") seating assignments of dinner guests with the policy of "pell-mell" and passed, as a form of social legislation, the "Health Law," which banned toasting at the dinner table. In addition to stamping out an old English custom, the "Health Law" limited political conversation (and thus partisan animosity) at dinner and elicited positive...
Scope and Contents Dr. Benjamin Rush, longtime friend of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, was the foremost advocate for introduction of maple sugar as a substitute for the slave-produced cane sugar of the West Indies, and was also a vocal proponent of temperance (highlighting spirits as the real concern). Jefferson shared Rush’s ideals and joined him in his campaign to commercially destroy black slavery in the West Indies, purchasing maple sugar and attempting to grow the trees at Monticello, though Jefferson’s...
Some of Thomas Jefferson Randolph's Recollections of his Grandfather by James A. Bear, (April 1965), E332.2 .A5 1965A
Scope and Contents Thomas Jefferson Randolph recalls his grandfather’s attachment to Martha Jefferson Randolph, his dining and entertaining habits and lack of etiquette, his debts, and various other small interactions between grandfather and grandson.
Scope and Contents Accounts of several visitors’ journeys to Monticello in anticipation of the dedication of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway (Fall 1996). Anna Thornton, Augustus John Foster, Margaret Bayard Smith, Francis Calley Gray, George Ticknor, Lt. Francis Hall, and Duke Bernhard of Saze-Weimer-Eisenach all describe the treacherous path up the mountain through untamed forest to an ultimately rewarding vista at the summit and the great company of Thomas Jefferson and his family.