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

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October 18th
13:14

I took up lodging in the Hôtel de Langeac

thos-jefferson:

On this day in 1785, I took up lodging in the Hôtel de Langeac: “It is at the grille des champs Elysees, but within the city. It suits me in every circumstance but the price, being dearer than the one I am now in. It has a clever garden to it.” The rent was 7,500 livres a year.

“Dear Madam

I was honoured with your letter of Aug. 21. by Mr. Smith who arrived here on the 29th. I am sorry you did not repeat the commission you had favoured me with by Mr. Short as the present would have been an excellent opportunity of sending the articles you wished for. As Mr. Short’s return may yet be delayed, will you be so good as to write me by post what articles you desired, lest I should not otherwise know in time to send them by either of the Mr. Smiths.1 The French packet brought me letters from Mr. Jay and Dr. Ramsay only. They were dated July 13.2 They do not mention the arrival of your son. Dr. Ramsay’s letter was on a particular subject, and Mr. Jay’s letter was official. He may have arrived therefore tho these letters do not mention it. However as he did not sail till June, and Westernly winds prevail in the summer I think the 13th. of July was too early to expect him to have arrived. I will certainly transmit you information of his arrival the moment I know it.
We have little new and interesting here. The Queen has determined to wear none but French gauzes hereafter. How many English looms will this put down? You will have seen the affair of the Cardinal de Rohan so well detailed in the Leyden gazette that I need add nothing on that head.3 The Cardinal is still in the Bastille. It is certain that the Queen has been compromitted without the smallest authority from her: and the probability is that the Cardinal has been duped into it by his mistress Madme. de la Motte. There results from this two consequences not to his honour, that he is a debauchee, and a booby. The Abbés4 are well. They have been kept in town this summer by the affairs of the Abbé Mably. I have at length procured a house in a situation much more pleasing to me than my present. It is at the grille des Champs Elysees, but within the city. It suits me in every circumstance but the price, being dearer than the one I am now in.5 It has a clever garden to it. 
         I will pray you to present my best respects to Miss Adams and to be assured of the respect and esteem with which I have the honour to be Dear Madam Your most obedient & most humble servt.
Th: Jefferson”
RC Adams Papers ; docketed by AA2: “Mr Jefferson Sep 4th.”
 
1. That is, James Smith, who carried AA’s 21 Aug. letter to Jefferson (above), and Col. William Stephens Smith.
 
2. These letters appear in Jefferson, Papers , 8:292–294.
 
3. For a highly-detailed account of the scandalous Diamond Necklace Affair involving Louis René Edouard, Prince and Cardinal de Rohan, his mistress, Madame de La Motte-Valois, and Queen Marie Antoinette, see Simon Schama, Citizens, A Chronicle of the French Revolution, N.Y., 1989, p. 203–210.
 
4. The abbés Arnoux and Chalut.

5. On 17 Oct., Jefferson would move from his house on the Cul-de-sac Taitbout (now the Rue du Helder), just off the present Boulevard Haussmann, which he had leased in Oct. 1784, to the second floor of the Hôtel de Langeac, at the corner of the Rue Neuve de Berry (now the Rue de Berri) and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, abutting the elaborate city gate, called the Grille de Chaillot, that stretched across the avenue. This passage is evidently the first surviving record of Jefferson’s intention to move. The lease was drawn on 5 Sept., and signed on the 8th; his yearly rent increased from 6,000 livres, at his former address, to 7,500. See Jefferson, Papers , 7:xxviii, 442–443, illustration facing 452; 8:xxviii–xxix, illustration facing 247, 485–492. 

The source for this transcription is the following: http://www.masshist.org/publications/apde/portia.php?mode=p&id=AFC06p333

Twitter: @thos_jefferson.com 

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May 3rd
04:02
"Every man has two countries: his own and France."
—  Thomas Jefferson (via rossansguil)
April 24th
04:01

that-demned-elusive-pimpernel:

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” - Thomas Jefferson


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April 15th
09:42

loquaciousconnoisseur:

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson!

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Mather Brown, 1786.

Exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, USA.

I got a picture of myself with this yesterday. :D

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March 10th
04:00
casualphotography:

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”  ― Thomas Jefferson

casualphotography:

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”
― Thomas Jefferson

February 29th
04:00
My love for the French is best displayed, I think, here.

My love for the French is best displayed, I think, here.

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February 19th
04:00

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February 10th
04:00

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December 20th
04:00
longhairwhitesuit:

crookedsin:

vesperdomino:

They don’t always get along. 

 I just died.

The last panel oh my god.

longhairwhitesuit:

crookedsin:

vesperdomino:

They don’t always get along. 

 I just died.

The last panel oh my god.

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October 31st
04:00

Anonymous asked:


Es cierto que en un discurso en Francia sobre la Constitución de los Estados Unidos de America, dijisteis algo como: Debeis estar preocupado por las colonias de America del Sur que estan mejor bajo el dominio de España hasta que nuestra nación crezca y pueda tomarlas para sí. Pero temo y me preocupa que España pueda ser demasiado débil para contenerlas

M. Jefferson a dit beaucoup de choses, peut-être des colonies de l’Amérique du Sud, quand il habitait en France; je n’suis pas sûre de tous. Il était un homme des affaires de l’Europe et des États-Unis, pas vraiment des colonies sud, à mon avis et de mes études. S’il a parlé des colonies d’Espagne, c’était un discours prévu un public précis.

Mais, au bout du compte, كان رائع وجميل.