Quotations on Monticello

1785 September 6. (to Baron Geismar) "I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the indepenance of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital [Paris] . . . . for tho' there is less wealth there, there is more freedom, more ease, and less misery."[1]

1786 October 12. (to Maria Cosway) "And our own dear Monticello, where has nature spread so rich a mantel under the eye? mountains, forests, rocks, rivers. With what majesty do we there ride above the storms! How sublime to look down into the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet! And the glorious Sun, when rising as if out of a distant water, just gilding the tops of the mountains, and giving life to all nature!"[2]

1787 August 12. (to George Gilmer) "I am as happy no where else and in no other society, and all my wishes end, where I hope my days will end, at Monticello. Too many scenes of happiness mingle themselves with all the recollections of my native woods and feilds, to suffer them to be supplanted in my affection by any other."[3]


  1. PTJ, 8:500.
  2. Ibid., 10:447.
  3. Ibid., 12:26. This quotation appears inside the terminal of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.

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