Architecture is my delight...(Quotation)

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"...architecture is my delight, and putting up, and pulling down, one of my favourite amusements."

This quotation has not been found in any of Thomas Jefferson's letters or other writings, but is attributed by Margaret Bayard Smith to him in A Winter in Washington.[1] It is repeated by B. L. Rayner in his 1832 biography of Jefferson.[2]


  1. Margaret Bayard Smith, A Winter in Washington; Or, Memoirs of the Seymour Family (New York: Bliss and White, 1824), 261.
  2. B. L. Rayner, Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson (New York: Francis and Boardman, 1832), 524.