First off, apologies (again) for the lackadaisical nature of my blogging in the last few weeks. I fear the pace may slow down a bit as we enter the busy months of summer.
So, on with the business: just minutes ago I received a book which I feel certain will set many scholarly hearts aflutter here: Incidental Architect: William Thornton and the Cultural Life of Early Washington, D.C., 1794-1828, by Gordon S. Brown (Ohio University Press, 2009). This is of course the very period that Jefferson spent a good deal of time in Washington, D.C. (what a coincidence!). And in fact he knew the Thorntons, who visited him on his mountaintop in 1802. Anna Maria Thornton wrote in her diary that Monticello "is a place you wou'd rather look at now & then than live at." Indeed.