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From the Weird to the Wonderful

Well, it took me all day but I plowed through all of the Google Alerts I've gotten in the past week (even the weekend ones, that's how dedicated I am), just as I said I would, and came up with the following numbers: A total of 22 websites quoted TJ in some form or fashion.  (Mind you, the Alert catches only new material cropping up on the Web, not material that's already there.)  The total quotes used came to 85, 35 of which were spurious.  So if you choose to take my sampling

Little Anthony

I'm eagerly delving into a book that arrived just today: Antonio Molina, Patriarch of the Anthony Mullins Family: An American History, compiled by Marjorie O'Brien Casteel.  Who is Antonio Molina, AKA Anthony Mullins (or "little Anthony," as Jefferson called him)?  Mullins was one of the men brought to Virginia in 1773 by Philip Mazzei, friend and neighbor of Jefferson and collaborator in hi

Inaugurations and Such

Well, I've missed our President's actual inauguration by several days, but I'd like to belatedly commemorate the occasion by offering an intriguing historical tidbit about - yes! - Jefferson's first inauguration.

He didn't get to Vegas

I've just laboriously sussed out the farthest points north, south, east and west Jefferson ever traveled and put it up on the Encyclopedia here.  I find this handy when people ask us if, say, TJ ever visited Las Vegas, to be able to say, "nope, sorry, the farthest west he ever got was..."  (Okay, no one has ever asked us if he visited Vegas, but it could happen.)

Happy Mince Pies to Everyone

Well, A Summary View is away for Christmas, but in our absence, we invite you to have a gander (ha ha!) at our Christmas article in the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia.  We wish everyone a lovely and peaceful "season of mince pies!"

Quotation Frustration

I know: again with the quotations!  We are experiencing a strange swell in quotation questions, however, so it's pretty much all I have to talk about these days.  There's one in particular that is bugging me, so I thought I'd throw it out to our 6 loyal readers in case there's a chance others can help crack this one.

Epic 10-part reference question

We get a lot of questions from the public asking us to verify quotations as Jeffersonian or not, but these almost always concern only a single quotation. The other week I got a query from an inquiring person that contained not one, but 10 quotations. The source of the query was a sort of chain-email calling Jefferson a "prophet" - an appellation I suspect he would not in fact like very much - and listing 10 purported Jefferson quotations.

Center for Historic Plant Entries

Our new project at the Jefferson Encyclopedia centers around heirloom seeds and plants from the Center for Historic Plants.  With the kind help of Peggy (CHP director), we are putting in her information on hundreds of plants, many related to Jefferson.  It is a great way to learn more about Jefferson's botanical interests.  When we can, we add a link to the Museum Shop in case readers want to order seeds, and at the very least, we link to CHP, so people can

Jefferson still survives, unlike the other guy

Sometimes it's a little scary how persistent apocryphal stories about Jefferson are. Case in point: the perennial (for us) question, "Did Thomas Jefferson shoot someone on the White House lawn?" There's no evidence that he did, and strangely enough, the source of this particularly bizarre story seems to be the movie Swordfish.

Jefferson mentioned in Newsweek

In the October 27th issue of Newsweek, you can read an article entitled "It's Not Easy Bein' Blue" and Jefferson is mentioned.  The author argues that for the most part we are a center-right country and it has been like that for a lot longer than we may think.  Jefferson is part of the "staple tenets of the central faith in American political ideologies" like private property, individual choice over government mandate, and individual opportunity.