Tagged with 'debt'

Sale of Books to the Library of Congress (1815)

Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in rebuilding the Library of Congress when he sold the bulk of his book collection to the United States government in 1815.

Poetic Debt

I have a new book in my sights - Robert Wright's One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe (McGraw-Hill, 2008).   One of our house interpreters discovered Wright's work a few years ago and ever since it's been an ongoing quest to acquire everything Robert Wright ever wrote.  Said interpreter's glowing opinion is seconded by the reviewer of this newest book for the Journal of American History: "If I could write like Wright, I would be thrilled.  Some passages in the book are stunning - almost poetic."  (Remember, this is a book about debt we're

The Descendants of Elizabeth Hemings: Betty Brown

 Elizabeth Hemings's second daughter Betty Brown (1759-after 1831) was the first of her family to come to Monticello, as personal servant to Jefferson's wife Martha.  After almost sixty years of work in the main house, she was one of the last of the Hemingses to live on the Monticello mountaintop.  She had two sons, Wormley Hughes and Burwell Colbert. Wormley Hughes (1781-1858) was head gardener as well as a wagoner and coachman, with charge of the Monticello stables.