Thomas Jefferson, 1815
*looks at what she just reblogged*
Hee. Yes. Jefferson swore up and down that he wasn’t looking for a war with the UK. But his actions bespeak otherwise. At one time, a full DOZEN British warships were left almost empty in an American harbor because the Americans bribed them all away. (And nobody liked working for the British Navy)
The British Ambassador of the time said (I believe) “British seamen were being lured away by American seduction”. This remains endlessly funny for me.
Anthony Merry, quoted from James Parton’s Life of Thomas Jefferson
I think people forget that Jefferson’s image of republican simplicity was done deliberately (though it’s difficult to tell when projected self-image ends and bad fashion begins) mostly for political reasons. Makes one wonder tho whether this is how TJ actually thought the everyday man would receive an esteemed guest or if he just wanted to give Great Britain the finger; a little patronizing, n’est-ce pas?
I believe that Jefferson actually wrote down some comment about John Marshall, related to how he lacked refinement. Very annoying, considering that John Marshall was known for his lack of pretension. Guess republican simplicity only counts when you do it, eh, TJ?
Jefferson dressed that way for everybody in his first term.
He did deliberately insult Britain, but this wasn’t one of those ways.
MAYBE if u didn’t want ur son to EAT poeple u shouldnt have named him something that rhymes with cannibal u should have name him hegetarian or something
Does this mean we have a congenital tendency to commit crimes that rhyme with our names?
This means I must take up public urinating