Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Adams Building of the Library of Congress on the 5th floor, the Jefferson Murals

My young scholar nephew who is here in DC for the Smithsonian Space Camp wanted to see the reading room of the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/loc/legacy/bldgs.html, so we were able to get him a temporary readers card and this fertile mind explored the geneology room,  then the science and business room.

So we wound up on the 5th Floor of the Adams Building, behind the Jefferson Building with the famous reading room of National Treasure fame.  We were sitting reading about naval ships and the history of electronic warfare I saw this quote and had to send it to my wife.

On the left half of the panel of the east wall, Jefferson's view on Freedom:
The ground of Liberty is to be gained by inches. We must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
Jefferson to Rev. Charles Clay, January 27, 1790

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