Huzzah for 2013!!

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 said: Coming in to wish you a happy new year. I hope 2013 brings you lots of good things.

Thank you wifeofbath, and to you as well!!! We hope to get back on Tumblr ASAP!!

Founding Fatherfest: Jefferson and Dick the Mockingbird

foundingfatherfest:

In the window recesses were stands for the flowers and plants which it was his delight to attend and among his roses and geraniums was suspended the cage of his favorite mocking-bird, which he cherished with peculiar fondness, not only for its melodious powers, but for…

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Robespierre at the rostrum is Robespierre at war.  

Robespierre at the rostrum is Robespierre at war.  

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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.

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1776 (1972)  John Adams (2008) [x]

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gregness:

Fountain of The Four River
Piazza Navona — Rome, Italy

gregness:

Fountain of The Four River

Piazza Navona — Rome, Italy

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todaysdocument:

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.

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collective-history:

Female Lockheed employee working on a P-38 Lightning, Burbank, California, 1944

collective-history:

Female Lockheed employee working on a P-38 Lightning, Burbank, California, 1944

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a-l-ancien-regime:

Formal invitation for the Bal paré (reception) in Versailles for the marriage of the Dauphin, Wednesday, February 23, 1745

a-l-ancien-regime:

Formal invitation for the Bal paré (reception) in Versailles for the marriage of the Dauphin, Wednesday, February 23, 1745