Snow at Mount Vernon; Washington still hot

March 15, 2009

The photos don’t show the beauty, nor do they capture the wonderful quiet that accompanied it.

It snowed briefly and lightly at George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon Friday morning.

Snow at the Quarters, Mount Vernon, Virginia, March 13, 2009 - copyright Ed Darrell

Snow at the Quarters, Mount Vernon, Virginia, March 13, 2009 - copyright Ed Darrell

Al fresco dining would have  been cool, and wet.

Snow on tables, The Quarter, Mount Vernon, Virginia - copyright 2009 by Ed Darrell

Snow on tables, The Quarters, Mount Vernon, Virginia - copyright 2009 by Ed Darrell

Inside, a few minutes later, the conversation was hot.  We opened with a session the night before, and post-dinner meeting with William B. Allen, the editor of a recent collection of George Washington’s papers.  Allen is suave, with a perfectly-modulated baritone voice.  He doesn’t just speak in properly punctuated, grammatically correct paragraphs.  He speaks in chapters that summarize volumes.

Among other telling gems, Allen noted that Washington, who is often regarded as an intellectual inferior to Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Hamilton and others, because he “wrote so little,” has had his collected published papers now pass the 100 volume mark.  Reading the letters in full, as we did much of at this meeting, reveals Gen. Washington as little else can.

You should read yourself some Washington.

Tip of the old scrub brush, again, to the Bill of Rights Institute and Liberty Fund, sponsors and organizers of this event.


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