Sunday, August 3, 2008

Will Be Back to Posting on August 25

I probably should have held off on starting this blog until the end of summer... Things are just really busy right now and I need to focus on some other things. This blog is important to me so I will definitely be picking this back up.


BLBeamer said...

Hi, I'm looking forward to your return.

In the meantime, please allow me to exhibit how boring I am: in an earlier post you provided a quote from Thomas Jefferson. I mentioned that something about it didn't sound right. Two Dogs provided a link to a web site where I could find the quote.

Not satisfied, I contacted the Jefferson Library in Charlottesville, Virginia. In short, the quote is bogus. Here is their reply:
Dear Mr. XXXX,

This is not a Jefferson quotation, as far as we know, but it has been
around (and attributed to Jefferson) since at least the 1930's. For
more information on this one, see our website at this

I hope this is helpful!

Anna Berkes
Research Librarian

Jefferson Library
P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902

In the interest of historical accuracy, and to hopefully elevate the discussion, I wanted to share.

No, I don't date much. Why do you ask?

Coffee Bean said...

Thank you very much blbeamer! I really appreciate your thoroughly looking into that. You must be very familiar with Jefferson to be able to pick out that that "quote" did not sound like him. I am very much pleased to have your input on this blog! I look forward to learning some super sleuthing skills from you. And you are NOT boring.

Coffee Bean said...

Oh, and another thing, Mr. blbeamer who does not have an e-mail button on his website, I have taken your comment here and posted it under that quote. Rather than just delete the quote, I would like to leave it there along with your comment so that if anyone in the future stumbles upon this blog they can see how I have learned some things. I didn't want it to get lost in the comment section because I don't think everyone reads the comments.

Again, I really appreciate your input.

BLBeamer said...

I have read a bit both on and by Jefferson, but there wasn't any one thing that clued me into its bogosity:

1. The terms inflation and deflation are relatively modern.
2. Corporations had a very different composition in TJ's day quite unlike the rapacious entities implied in the quote. It wasn't until the 1820's that the US courts started recognizing corporations as entities with legal rights. TJ, had he said that quote, would have likely referred to "banks and chartered companies".
3. The phraseology doesn't sound like an 18th century intellectual.
4. References to conquering continents are not very Jeffersonian.

Liam said...

well today is August 25th...

*tapping foot*

We're waiting!