Thomas Jefferson's Home

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Century Company, 1887 - Monticello - 653 pages
 

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Page 649 - Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has consulted the fine arts to know how he should shelter himself from the weather.
Page 650 - ... among men of letters, and as such he has already appeared there. At present he is employed with activity and perseverance in the management of his farms and buildings, and he orders, directs, and pursues, in the minutest detail, every branch of business relating to them. I found him in the midst of harvest, from which the scorching heat of the sun does not prevent his attendance.
Page 646 - Peter Randolph's about a fortnight ago, and my schooling falling into discourse, he said he thought it would be to my Advantage to go to the College, and was desirous I should go, as indeed I am myself for several Reasons. In the first place, as long as I stay at the Mountain, the loss of onefourth of my Time is inevitable, by Company's coming here and detaining me from School.
Page 650 - Europe he would hold a distinguished rank among men of letters, and as such he has already appeared there ; at present he is employed with activity and perseverance in the management of his farms and buildings ; and he orders, directs and pursues in the minutest detail every branch of business relative to them.
Page 650 - ... all the neighboring heights as far as the Chesapeake. The Atlantic might be seen, were it not for the greatness of the distance, which renders that prospect impossible. On the right and left the eye commands the extensive valley that separates the Green, South, and West Mountains from the Blue Ridge, and has no other bounds but these high mountains, of which, on a clear day, you discern the chain on the right...
Page 650 - The house stands on the summit of the mountain, and the taste and arts of Europe have been consulted in the formation of its plan. Mr. Jefferson had commenced its construction before the American Revolution ; since that epocha his life has been constantly engaged in public affairs, and he has not been able to complete the execution of the whole extent of the project which it seems he had at first conceived. That part of the building which was finished has suffered from the suspension of the work,...
Page 648 - Gardens peculiarly worth the attention of an American, because it is the country of all others where the noblest gardens may be made without expense. We have only to cut out the superabundant plants.
Page 653 - If it is permitted in my case, my lands here alone, with the mills, etc., will pay everything, and leave me Monticello and a farm free. If refused, I must sell everything here, perhaps considerably in Bedford, move thither with my family, where I have not even a log hut to put my head into...
Page 649 - The ground floor consists of a very large lofty saloon, which is to be decorated entirely in the antique style; above it is a library of the same form; two small wings, with only a ground floor and attic story, are joined to this pavilion, and communicate with the kitchen, offices, etc., which will form a kind of basement story, over which runs a terrace.
Page 650 - Jeflerson had studied taste and the fine arts in books only. His travels in Europe have supplied him with models; he has appropriated them to his design ; and his new plan, the execution of which is already much advanced, will be accomplished before the end of next year, and then his house will certainly deserve to be ranked with the most pleasant mansions in France and England.

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