Great and loyal followers, happy New Year’s! Our resolution is (and we’ll stick to it!) is to get back in the Tumblr groove. And what a better way to do that than discovering a 900-year-old auditorium, built by Emperor Hadrian! It’s the “biggest find since the Forum”- check it out: http://www.newser.com/story/159914/rome-unveils-biggest-find-since-the-forum.html Wishing you the best of luck, happiness, and health this season!
wifeofbath asked: Coming in to wish you a happy new year. I hope 2013 brings you lots of good things.
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To discourage unbridled conflict and deflect charges of slander, politicians observed an etiquette of gossip, a code of unwritten rules that made gossip seem like congenial socializing among friends. These rules transformed the true nature of gossip so effectively that two centuries later it remains elusive and difficult to define. Jefferson’s “Anas” violated the foremost rule of gossip: gossip should not be written. Personal correspondence was not always private in the eighteenth century. Letters miscarried or turned up in the hands of enemies who circulated or published them. An accusation in a signed letter could easily become public knowledge, transforming it into an open insult that dishonored the victim in the public eye.
Joanne Freeman, Affairs of Honor
Freeman identifies the other rules of 18th century gossip etiquette as:
- avoid gossip without proof
- never reveal your source without permission
- show no malice when gossiping
Which isn’t to say the Founders obeyed their own rules, of course.
6,487 books: $23,950. Rebuilding A National Library? Priceless.
Report from the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress regarding the precise terms of the purchase of Thomas Jefferson’s library, 11/01/1814
After much of the collection was destroyed during the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson sold the 6,487 volumes of his personal library to rebuild the Library of Congress.
Formal invitation for the Bal paré (reception) in Versailles for the marriage of the Dauphin, Wednesday, February 23, 1745