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Jefferson's Library

Library of Congress
June 17, 2011

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We hadn't even planned to visit the Library of Congress. But we reached the Capitol an hour before our tour and there it was. Beautiful on the inside. And only a few days after we had visited Monticello, where they told us that after Congress' first library had been burned by the British when they sacked Washington, Jefferson had given them his collection of 6,000 books to start the new Library of Congress. And here were his books -- some of them, at least -- preserved right where he had sent them.