Romantic Days in the Early Republic

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Little, Brown, 1912 - Cities and towns - 438 pages
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Page 371 - Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has consulted the fine arts to know how he should shelter himself from the weather.
Page 184 - I have pressed as many Cabinet papers into trunks as to fill one carriage ; our private property must be sacrificed, as it is impossible to procure wagons for its transportation.
Page 74 - I most devoutly wish, that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy, as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.
Page 362 - As both your aunt and I are in the decline of life, and regular in our habits, especially in our hours of rising and going to bed, I require some person (fit and proper) to ease me of the trouble of entertaining company, particularly of nights, as it is my inclination to retire (and unless prevented by very particular company, I always do retire), either to bed or to my study soon after candle light. In taking those duties (which hospitality obliges one to bestow on company) off my hands, it would...
Page 160 - In the city there are buildings enough, if they were compact and finished, to accommodate Congress and those attached to it ; but as they are, and scattered as they are, I see no great comfort for them.
Page 136 - I cannot tell you what a horrid state of mind I was in for a long time — I seemed to care for nothing — the world was a blank to me — I abandoned all thoughts of the Law — I went into the country, but could not bear solitude yet could not enjoy society — There was a dismal horror continually in my mind that made me fear to be alone...
Page 371 - ... to improve, and the arts and sciences to cultivate — these are what remain to Mr. Jefferson after having played a principal character on the theatre of the New World, and which he preferred to the honorable commission of Minister Plenipotentiary in Europe.
Page 161 - I have made every exertion to secure good lodgings near the office, but shall be compelled to take them at the distance of more than half a mile. There are, in fact, but few houses in any one place, and most of them small, miserable huts, which present an awful contrast to the public buildings. The people are poor, and, as far as I can judge, they live like fishes, by eating each other.
Page 70 - How do you like your Rebecca? Does the Rebecca I have pictured compare well with the pattern given?
Page 182 - Here I was most graciously received ; found a crowded collection of great and little men, of ugly old women and beautiful young ones, and in ten minutes was hand and glove with half the people in the assemblage. Mrs. Madison is a fine, portly, buxom dame, who has a smile and a pleasant word for everybody. Her sisters, Mrs. Cutts and Mrs. Washington, are like the two merry wives of Windsor ; but as to Jemmy Madison — ah ! poor Jemmy ! — he is but a withered little apple-John.

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