Life, liberty,
and the pursuit of fuck yeah.
-Thomas Jefferson, June 1776

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January 18th

Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 9/25/1785

I have procured for you…four figures of Biscuit…I could only find three of which you named…these were Minerva, Diana and Apollo. I was obliged to add a fourth unguided by your choice.  They offered me a fine Venus; but I thought it out of taste to have two at table at the same time…at length a fine Mars was offered.

Th Jefferson 9/25/1785

submitted by Scott

November 24th


Mrs. Adams: I confess I was ashamed to be seen looking at them. I’m not accustomed to seeing such intimacy on display. (Laughs)

Jefferson: Well, you seemed quite transported.

Mrs. Adams: I was. I’m embarrassed to admit it.

Jefferson: I am resolved to renounce embarrassment in favor of enjoyment.

~ HBO John Adams

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September 6th


Let’s call this, “That awkward moment when your [more attractive] best friend is flirting with your wife.”

All the ladies throwing their 18th century panties.

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August 27th

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August 25th

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February 19th

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October 23rd

Letter to John Adams by Thomas Jefferson, on greiving



MONTICELLO, November 13, 1818.

The public papers, my dear friend, announce the fatal event of which your letter of October the 20th had given me ominous foreboding. Tried myself in the school of affliction, by the loss of every form of connection which can rive the human heart, I know well, and feel what you have lost, what you have suffered, are suffering, and have yet to endure. The same trials have taught me that for ills so immeasurable, time and silence are the only medi­cine. I will not, therefore, by useless condolences, open afresh the sluices of your grief, nor, although mingling sincerely my tears with yours, will I say a word more where words are vain, but that it is of some comfort to us both, that the term is not very distant, at which we are to deposit in the same cerement, our sorrows and suffering bodies, and to ascend in essence to an ecstatic meeting with the friends we have loved and lost, and whom we shall still love and never lose again. God bless you and support you under your heavy affliction.

This was written after Abigail Adams had died. :(

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September 21st
"[Frenchman] have as much happiness in one year as an Englishman in ten."

Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams

Paris, August 9, 1786

August 14th


I’ve been bored today, so I’ve decided to surf the web and do some research. I’m seeking out information on Thomas Jefferson’s 1784 stop in Boston before heading to Europe. He boarded the Newburyport vessel the “Ceres” on July 5 to begin his voyage to France.

It is known that he traveled north to New Hampshire and likely Vermont before his July 5th departure, as well as to several other Massachusetts towns. His purpose, he stated, was to research trade practices in the North East. It is also known that he was welcomed with open arms by New Englanders, especially by the Press, and by the Massachusetts legislature where he was given an honorary seat. (So we know one building he likely visited in Boston was the Old State House).

My hopes is to find how he celebrated the 4th of July in Boston. Without actually going and digging through archival letters of people who were in Boston at the time I can only find trivial things about his visit: such as the fact that he sold one of his horses and some personal belongings (supposedly a travel desk) before boarding the Ceres).

I’ve read in some books without citations that he left Boston to cheers from Faneuil Hall on the 4th where his Declaration of Independence was read. I cannot, however, find it proven anywhere that he himself attended the reading of the Declaration. All I know is that a reading occurred at the hall at the time that Jefferson was in town. 

My hope is to find information on his Fourth of July. Specifically I would like to prove that he attended an even at Faneuil, because that is one of the buildings that still exists in Boston. Marking it as a Jefferson visit site would be something cool to know, seeing as I’ve been there hundreds of times in my life. 

On a side note I’m also trying to find out if Jefferson visited my hometown of Beverly, MA. We know he was in Salem and Ipswich during his visit. Both are close towns to Beverly. I’m curious as to whether Jefferson traveled through Beverly or even possibly stopped here for a visit.  

I don’t have the book with me, but I’m pretty sure this is touched on (I want to say) in The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson, and that he meets Abigail Adams in Boston before sailing the ocean. I restrain from saying more without my books, but if you have more questions let me know and I’ll try to answer them.

August 9th

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