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<blockquote>"I am just setting out on a journey of three months to the South of France.” - [[Thomas Jefferson]] to [[Elizabeth House Trist]], Paris, February 23, 1787<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:181.</ref></blockquote> <blockquote>"I am just setting out on a journey of three months to the South of France.” - [[Thomas Jefferson]] to [[Elizabeth House Trist]], Paris, February 23, 1787<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:181.</ref></blockquote>
-On February 28, 1787 the forty-four-year-old Thomas Jefferson left [[Paris]] for a three month, twelve-hundred-mile journey to southern France and northern Italy. A trip scheduled 5 months earlier was postponed after he injured his right wrist, and his subsequent itinerary was changed to include the south of France, at the advice of his surgeon. Jefferson wrote: “I am now about setting out on a journey to the South of France, one object of which is to try the mineral waters there for the restoration of my hand, but another is to visit all the seaports where we have trade, and to hunt up all the inconveniencies under which it labours, in order to get them rectified. I shall visit and carefully examine too the Canal of Languedoc.”<ref>Jefferson to James Monroe, December 18, 1786, in [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 10:612.</ref> +On February 28, 1787 the forty-four-year-old [[Thomas Jefferson]] left [[Paris]] for a three month, twelve-hundred-mile '''journey to southern France and northern [[Italy]]'''.<ref>This article is based on Betty Goss, Monticello Research Report, May 5, 2009.</ref> A trip scheduled 5 months earlier was postponed after he [[Wrist Injury (1786)|injured his right wrist]], and his subsequent itinerary was changed to include the south of France, at the advice of his surgeon. Jefferson wrote: “I am now about setting out on a journey to the South of France, one object of which is to try the mineral waters there for the restoration of my hand, but another is to visit all the seaports where we have trade, and to hunt up all the inconveniencies under which it labours, in order to get them rectified. I shall visit and carefully examine too the Canal of Languedoc.”<ref>Jefferson to James Monroe. 18 December 1786. [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 10:612.</ref>
-Traveling as a private citizen from Virginia, not as a diplomat, Thomas Jefferson paid his own way, and none of his Paris servants went with him. Preferring to travel alone and anonymously, he chose to hire valets in each town. In Dijon, he made an exception, and hired Petit Jean, who stayed with him the entire trip.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:656.</ref> "I was alone thro the whole, and think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.”<ref>Jefferson to John Banister, Jr., June 19, 1787, in [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:477.</ref>+Traveling as a private citizen from Virginia, not as a diplomat, Thomas Jefferson paid his own way, and none of his Paris servants went with him. Preferring to travel alone and anonymously, he chose to hire valets in each town. In Dijon, he made an exception, and hired Petit Jean, who stayed with him the entire trip.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:656.</ref> "I was alone thro the whole, and think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.”<ref>Jefferson to John Banister, Jr. 19 June 1787. [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:477.</ref>
-Jefferson traveled in his own carriage drawn by post horses. Every ten miles at a post house, he paid for another postilion and fresh horses. He used three horses until he got to Lyon, and after that time he had four or five.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'' 1:656.</ref> The carriage required frequent wheel repairs. +Jefferson traveled in his own carriage drawn by post horses. Every ten miles at a post house, he paid for another postilion and fresh horses. He used three horses until he got to Lyon, and after that time he had four or five.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:656.</ref> The carriage required frequent wheel repairs.
-In Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Bordeaux Jefferson compared red and white wines, the soils in which they were cultivated, how well the wines withstood transport, and prices. He wrote in depth about the planting and pruning of the vines. Continuing his agricultural investigation into the north of Italy, he observed techniques used in the growing of rice. "the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add an useful plant to it’s culture...” he wrote in 1800 in his list of contributions he had made to his country. On that list he also mentioned having “had a great number of olive plants of the best kind sent from Marseilles to Charleston for S. Carola & Georgia.”<ref>"Summary of Public Service," [after September 2, 1800], in [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 32:123-4.</ref> He smuggled rice seed, “on his own person,” at tremendous risk, from Italy and sent it to South Carolina. If caught “Sardinian law prescribed death as the penalty for the unauthorized export of seed rice.<ref>George Green Shackelford, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=4822 ''Thomas Jefferson’s Travels in Europe, 1784-1789''] (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 94. See also [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:436.</ref>+In Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Bordeaux, Jefferson compared red and white [[Wine|wines]], the soils in which they were cultivated, how well the wines withstood transport, and prices. He wrote in depth about the planting and pruning of the vines. Continuing his agricultural investigation into the north of Italy, he observed techniques used in the growing of [[Rice|rice]] and smuggled rice seed out of the country.<ref>George Green Shackelford, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=4822 ''Thomas Jefferson’s Travels in Europe, 1784-1789''] (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 94. See also [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:436.</ref> He mentioned having "had a great number of olive plants of the best kind sent from Marseilles to Charleston for S. Carola & Georgia."<ref>"Summary of Public Service," [after September 2, 1800], in [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 32:123-4.</ref>
-In his journal, “Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c.,” and in his letters, he wrote in detail about the people he met in each area. “You must ferret the people out of their hovels...look into their kettles, eat their bread, loll on their beds under the pretense of resting yourself, but in fact to find if they are soft. You will feel a sublime pleasure in the course of this investigation…” (Letters Volume 11, April 11, 1787, page 285 ) +In his journal, “Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c.,” and in his letters, he wrote in detail about the people he met in each area. "You must ferret the people out of their hovels...look into their kettles, eat their bread, loll on their beds under the pretense of resting yourself, but in fact to find if they are soft. You will feel a sublime pleasure in the course of this investigation..."<ref>Jefferson to Lafayette. 11 April 1787. Ibid, 11:285.</ref>
-“Architecture, painting, sculpture, antiquities, agriculture, the condition of the labouring poor fill all my moments,he wrote to William Short. (Papers Volume 11, page 215, March 15, 1787.) At Nîmes he visited the Maison Carrée, the Roman temple he so admired and chose as the model for the Virginia state capitol. He also visited the Pont du Gard, part of an aqueduct constructed in 19 B.C. +"Architecture, painting, sculpture, antiquities, agriculture, the condition of the labouring poor fill all my moments," he wrote to William Short.<ref>Ibid, 11:215.</ref> At Nîmes, he visited the Maison Carrée, the Roman temple he so admired and chose as the model for the Virginia state capitol. He also visited the Pont du Gard, part of an aqueduct constructed in 19 B.C.
-When he reached Aix-en-Provence Jefferson noted that “the temperature of the waters was 90 ° Fahrenheit at the spout.” (Malone, Jefferson and the Rights of Man, p.120) He took many douches “without any sensible benefit” to the wrist. Smitten by the sunshine in Aix he wrote to William Short: “…I am now in the land of corn, wine, oil, and sunshine. What more can man ask of heaven? If I should happen to die at Paris I will beg of you to send me here, and have me exposed to the sun. I am sure it will bring me to life again.” (Papers, Volume 11, page 247, March 27, 1787)+When he reached Aix-en-Provence, Jefferson noted that "the temperature of the waters was 90° Fahrenheit at the spout."<ref>[[Short Title List|Malone, ''Jefferson'']], 2:120.</ref> He took many douches "without any sensible benefit" to the wrist. Smitten by the sunshine in Aix, he wrote to William Short: "...I am now in the land of corn, wine, oil, and sunshine. What more can man ask of heaven? If I should happen to die at Paris I will beg of you to send me here, and have me exposed to the sun. I am sure it will bring me to life again."<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:247.</ref>
-The Canal of Languedoc (today known as Canal du Midi) was of great interest to Jefferson. This waterway, dating to the seventeenth century, united the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean. He wrote to William Short: “I have passed through the Canal from its entrance into the Mediterranean at Cette to this place, and shall be immediately at Toulouse, in the whole 200 American miles, by water; having employed in examining all it’s details nine days, one of which was spent in making a tour of 40 miles on horseback, among the Montagnes noires, to see the manner in which water has been collected to supply the canal; the other eight on the canal itself.. I dismounted my carriage from it’s wheels, placed it on the deck of a light bark, and was thus towed on the canal instead of the post road…Of all the methods of traveling I have ever tried this is the pleasantest. I walk the greater part of the way along the banks of the canal, level, and lined with a double row of trees which furnish shade. When fatigued I take seat in my carriage where, as much at ease as if in my study, I read, write, or observe.” (Papers Volume 11, page 372, May 21, 1787) +The Canal of Languedoc (today known as Canal du Midi) was of great interest to Jefferson. This waterway, dating to the seventeenth century, united the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean. He wrote to William Short: "I have passed through the Canal from its entrance into the Mediterranean at Cette to this place, and shall be immediately at Toulouse, in the whole 200 American miles, by water; having employed in examining all it’s details nine days, one of which was spent in making a tour of 40 miles on horseback, among the Montagnes noires, to see the manner in which water has been collected to supply the canal; the other eight on the canal itself.. I dismounted my carriage from it’s wheels, placed it on the deck of a light bark, and was thus towed on the canal instead of the post road…Of all the methods of traveling I have ever tried this is the pleasantest. I walk the greater part of the way along the banks of the canal, level, and lined with a double row of trees which furnish shade. When fatigued I take seat in my carriage where, as much at ease as if in my study, I read, write, or observe."<ref>Ibid, 11:372.</ref>
-For additional information about Jefferson’s travels in the Mediterranean: see Lucia Stanton’s report: http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Mediterranean.+
-And report on Italy: http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Italy+
Jefferson began traveling again in his carriage on May 22, 1787. He reached Bordeaux late on May 24, 1787 and stayed at the Hôtel Richelieu where he enjoyed fresh cherries, peas, and strawberries. On May 28 he ferried across the Garonne and stayed in Blaye overnight. The next day he traveled the northwest route to La Rochelle. From La Rochelle he went to Nantes . On June 1, 1787 he left Nantes and made his way to the north shore of Loire. By June 6th he arrived at Aucenis, changed horses but didn’t visit the sites of the town and continued on to the north bank of Loire. At Amboise he did some sightseeing and had carriage repairs. By June 10th he reached Paris after being away more than three months. Jefferson began traveling again in his carriage on May 22, 1787. He reached Bordeaux late on May 24, 1787 and stayed at the Hôtel Richelieu where he enjoyed fresh cherries, peas, and strawberries. On May 28 he ferried across the Garonne and stayed in Blaye overnight. The next day he traveled the northwest route to La Rochelle. From La Rochelle he went to Nantes . On June 1, 1787 he left Nantes and made his way to the north shore of Loire. By June 6th he arrived at Aucenis, changed horses but didn’t visit the sites of the town and continued on to the north bank of Loire. At Amboise he did some sightseeing and had carriage repairs. By June 10th he reached Paris after being away more than three months.
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==Itinerary== ==Itinerary==
-Below is an itinerary of the places Jefferson visited and his observations. The itinerary is based on Jefferson’s: “Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c. Memorandums taken on a journey from Paris into the Southern parts of France and and Northern of Italy, in the year 1787.” Papers Volume 11, page 415-462+Below is an itinerary of the places Jefferson visited and his observations. The itinerary is based on Jefferson’s: "Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c. Memorandums taken on a journey from Paris into the Southern parts of France and and Northern of Italy, in the year 1787."<ref>See also [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:415-462; Edward Dumbauld, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=1995 ''Thomas Jefferson American Tourist''] (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1946), 233-235. There are discrepancies in the itineraries in Dumbauld and Jefferson’s Notes. Jefferson recorded payments in the Memorandum Book at a certain place at one date and in his Notes he had a different date. Dumbauld included the names of vineyards and hotels where Jefferson lodged; Roy and Alma Moore, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=5597 ''Thomas Jefferson’s Journey To The South Of France''] (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 1999), 7; Anthony Brandt, ed. [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=17271 ''Thomas Jefferson Travels Selected Writings 1784-1789''] (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2006), 186-230.</ref>
-Itinerary in Thomas Jefferson, American Tourist, by Edward Dumbauld, pages 233-235+
-1787.” (Papers, Vol. 11, pages 415—464), itinerary in Roy & Alma Moore ,Thomas Jefferson’s Journey To The South Of France, (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 1999) page7) and Edward Dumbauld, Thomas Jefferson, American Tourist (University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Okla., 1946) p.233-235), “Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c…, Thomas Jefferson Travels Selected Writings 1784-1789, Edited by Anthony Brandt, page186-230.+
-28 Feb, 1787—2 March: Fontainbleau: Jefferson left Paris and traveled as far as Fontainbleau where he was delayed for two day because of problems with the wheels of his carriage. +*February 28-March 2: Fontainbleau: Jefferson left Paris and traveled as far as Fontainbleau where he was delayed for two day because of problems with the wheels of his carriage.
-2 March : Sens: At Sens he noted paying to see its cathedral and climbed to the top of the cathedral’s tower to see the town’s buildings.(Memorandum book page 656) Moret, Faussard, Villeneuve, Pont sur Yonne, Sens+*March 2: Sens: At Sens he noted paying to see its cathedral and climbed to the top of the cathedral’s tower to see the town’s buildings. Moret, Faussard, Villeneuve, Pont sur Yonne, Sens.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:656.</ref>
-3 March : Champagne. Sens to Vermanton. In his Notes he recorded: The soil is generally a rich mulatto loam…The plains are in corn…the hills in vineyard, but the wine not good…Few apple trees…no cattle, sheep or swine. Fine mules.” (Page 415) (“Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c.”Papers, Volume 11, 1787)+*March 3: Champagne. Sens to Vermanton. In his Notes he recorded: "The soil is generally a rich mulatto loam…The plains are in corn…the hills in vineyard, but the wine not good…Few apple trees…no cattle, sheep or swine. Fine mules."<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:415.</ref>
-4 March : Burgundy : Lucy le bois, Cussy les forges, Rouvray, Maison-neuve, Vitteaux, La Charleure, Pont de Panis, Dijon (Hotel de Condé) “The soil a good red loam…All in corn. Some forest wood here…Now and then a flock of sheep…The people are well clothed, but it is Sunday.” “Dijon…The best round potatoes here I ever saw.” He records in depth Page 416+*March 4: Burgundy : Lucy le bois, Cussy les forges, Rouvray, Maison-neuve, Vitteaux, La Charleure, Pont de Panis, Dijon (Hotel de Condé) "The soil a good red loam...All in corn. Some forest wood here...Now and then a flock of sheep...The people are well clothed, but it is Sunday." Dijon...The best round potatoes here I ever saw."<ref>Ibid, 11:416.</ref>
-7-8 March : La Baraque to Chagny. Dijon, La Baraque, Nuits, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault. Aussy, Chagny, Chalon-sur-Saone, Sennecey, Tournus+*March 7-8: La Baraque to Chagny. Dijon, La Baraque, Nuits, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault. Aussy, Chagny, Chalon-sur-Saone, Sennecey, Tournus. "The plains are in corn, the Cote in vines."<ref>Ibid, 11:416.</ref>
- ”The plains are in corn, the Cote in vines.” Page 416+*March 9: Chalons, Sennecy, Tournus, St. Albin, Macon: "The vineyards are inclosed with dry stone walls…The cattle are few and indifferent..some good oxen…Few sheep…A good deal of wood lands."<ref>Ibid, 11:418.</ref> Beaujolois: Masion blanche. St. George. Chateau de Laye-Epinaye. "This is the richest country I ever beheld...Here, as in Burgundy, the cattle are all white…The wild gooseberry is in leaf, the wild pear and sweet briar in bud...Lyon...The Almond is in bloom."<ref>Ibid, 11:419-420.</ref>
-9 March : Chalons, Sennecy, Tournus, St. Albin, Macon: “The vineyards are inclosed with dry stone walls…The cattle are few and indifferent..some good oxen…Few sheep…A good deal of wood lands.” P.418 (Papers Vol. 11)+*March 11: Ville franche, Les Echelles, Puits d’or, Lyons (Hôtel du Palais royal).
-Beaujolois : Masion blanche. St. George. Chateau de Laye-Epinaye. ”This is the richest country I ever beheld…Here, as in Burgundy, the cattle are all white…The wild gooseberry is in leaf, the wild pear and sweet briar in bud.” Page 419-420 Notes through southern france+*March 15-18: Dauphine: St. Fond to Mornas. St. Symphorin, Vienne, Dauphine. From St. Fond to Mornas. "The Rhone makes extensive plains...the high lands are often very level. The soil...is generally tinged, more or less, with red... In the neighborhood of Lyons there is more corn, almonds, and oaks; the hills are in vines."<ref>Ibid, 11:422.</ref>
-Lyon: The Almond is in bloom.+*March 18: Principality of Orange. "No forest. Here begins the country of olives…Thyme growing wild here on the hills. Asses very small...The high hills in Dauphiné are covered with snow."<ref>Ibid, 11:423.</ref>
-11 March: Ville franche, Les Echelles, Puits d’or, Lyons (Hôtel du Palais royal).+*March 19-23: Languedoc. Pont St. Esprit. Bagnols. Connault. Valignieres. Remoulins. St. Gervasy. Nismes. Pont Bagnols, Connault, Valliguières, Remoulins, St. Gervasy, Nismes, Pont d’Arles .) "The hills are rocky...The culture is corn, clover, St. foin, olives, vines, mulberries, willow, and some almonds."<ref>Ibid, 11:423-424.</ref> Nimes: At Nîmes his enthusiasm for seeing, for the first time, the Maison Carré, the building design he chose for the Virginia state capitol in Richmond, is seen in a letter he wrote to Madame de Tessé: "Here I am, madam, gazing whole hours at the Maison quarrée, like a lover at his mistress...From Lyons to Nismes I have been nourished with the remains of Roman grandeur."<ref>Jefferson to Madame de Tessé. 20 March 1787. Ibid, 11:226.</ref> Remoulins: Jefferson "stopped here long enough to see the Pont du Gard."<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:659.</ref>
-15-18 March: Dauphine: St. Fond to Mornas. St. Symphorin, Vienne, (from Jefferson’s Notes : Dauphine. From St. Fond to Mornas. March 15. 16. 17. 18 +*March 24: Nismes to Arles: "The plains extending from Nismes to the Rhone in the direction of Arles is broken in one place by a skirt of low hills...The high hills of Languedoc are covered with snow. At an antient [sic] church in the suburbs of Arles are perhaps some hundreds of antient stone coffins along the road side.…But the principal monument here is an Amphitheatre, the external portico of which is tolerably compleat [sic]..."<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:425.</ref>Terrasson: St. Remis.
-The Rhone makes extensive plains…the high lands are often very level. The soil…is generally tinged, more or less, with red….In the neighborhood of Lyons there is more corn, almonds, and oaks; the hills are in vines.”page 422 (Vol. 11, Papers)+*March 25:: Orgon. Pontroyal. St. Cannat: "From Orgon to Pontroyal, after quitting the plains of the Rhone, the country seems still to be a plain cut into compartments, by chains of mountains of massive rock running thro it in various directions."<ref>Ibid, 11:426.</ref>
-18 March: Principality of Orange. “No forest. Here begins the country of olives…Thyme growing wild here on the hills. Asses very small…The high hills in Dauphiné are covered with snow.” p. 423+*March 25-28: Aix: Aix (Hotel St. Jaques). "The country is waving, in vines, pasture of green swerd and clover, much inclosed with stone, and abounding with sheep."<ref>Ibid.</ref>
-19-23 March: Languedoc. Pont St. Esprit. Bagnols. Connault. Valignieres. Remoulins. St. Gervasy. Nismes. Pont Bagnols, Connault, Valliguières, Remoulins, St. Gervasy, Nismes, Pont d’Arles .) ‘’The hills are rocky…The culture is corn, clover, St. foin, olives, vines, mulberries, willow, and some almonds.+*March 29: Marseilles. "Beginning on March 29, Jefferson spent a week in the Hôtel des Princes at Marseilles..."<ref>George Shackelford, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=4822 ''Thomas Jefferson's Travels in Europe, 1784-1789,''] (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 84.</ref> From his Journal he writes: "The country is hilly, intersected by chains of hills and mountains of massive rock.The soil is reddish, stony and indifferent where best. Whenever there is any soil it is covered with olives...There are 6. or 8. months at a time here without rain. The most delicate figs known in Europe are those growing about this place, called figues Marcelloises, or les veritables Marcelloises, to distinguish them from others of inferior quality growing here."<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11:429.</ref>
- Nimes: At Nîmes his enthusiasm for seeing, for the first time, the Maison Carré, the building design he chose for the Virginia state capitol in Richmond, is seen in a letter he wrote to Madame de Tessé: “Here I am, madam, gazing whole hours at the Maison quarrée, like a lover at his mistress…From Lyons to Nismes I have been nourished with the remains of Roman grandeur.” Papers Vol.11; p. 226 Letter: TJ to Madame de Tessé, Nîsmes , Mar. 20, 1787. +*April 6: Marseilles to Aubagne. Hieres: "This is a plain of two or three miles diameter, bounded by the sea on one side and mountains of rock on the other."<ref>Ibid, 11:429.</ref> Toulon: "From Olioules to Toulon the figs are in the open fields. Some of them have stems of 15.I. diameter. They generally fork near the ground, but sometimes have a single stem of 5.f. long. They are as large as Apricot trees. The Olive trees of this day’s journey are about the size of large apple trees."<ref>Ibid.</ref>
-Remoulins: Jefferson “stopped here long enough to see the Pont du Gard” (Jefferson’s Memorandum Books, Vol.I, page 659 footnote 29)+*April 8: Toulon, Hyères, Cuers, Pignans, le Luc (Hotel St. Anne 9f).
-24 March : Nismes to Arles: “The plains extending from Nismes to the Rhone in the direction of Arles is broken in one place by a skirt of low hills…” “The high hills of Languedoc are covered with snow. At an antient church in the suburbs of Arles are perhaps some hundreds of antient stone coffins along the road side.…But the principal monument here is an Amphitheatre, the external portico of which is tolerably compleat…” p. 425(Vol. 11, Papers)+*April 9: Vidauban, le My, Fréjus, Lestrelles, Napoule, Antibes, Nice. "There is snow on the high mountains. The first frogs I have heard are of this day (the 9th). At Antibes are oranges in the open ground, but in small inclosures: palm trees also. From thence to the Var are the largest fig trees and olive trees I have seen."<ref>Ibid, 11:431.</ref>
-Terrasson: St. Remis+*April 10: Nice: (Hotel de York).
-25 March: Orgon. Pontroyal. St. Cannat: “From Orgon to Pontroyal, after quitting the plains of the Rhone, the country seems still to be a plain cut into compartments, by chains of mountains of massive rock running thro it in various directions.+*April 11: Nice. "The pine bur I used here for kindling fires."<ref>Ibid.</ref>
-25 –28March: Aix: Aix (Hotel St. Jaques). . “The country is waving, in vines, pasture of green swerd and clover, much inclosed with stone, and abounding with sheep.” P.426+*April 13: Scarena, Sospello. "There are no orange trees after we leave the environs of Nice."<ref>Ibid, 11:432.</ref>
-29 March: Marseilles. “Beginning on March 29, Jefferson spent a week in the Hôtel des Princes at Marseilles…” p.84 Shackelford From his Journal he: “The country is hilly, intersected by chains of hills and mountains of massive rock.The soil is reddish, stony and indifferent where best. Whenever there is any soil it is covered with olives…”+*April 14: Ciandola. Tende.
-“There are 6. or 8. months at a time here without rain. The most delicate figs known in Europe are those growing about this place, called figues Marcelloises, or les veritables Marcelloises, to distinguish them from others of inferior quality growing here.” (Journal p. 429)+*April 15: Limone. Coni.
-6 April: Marseilles to Aubagne.+*April 16: Centale. Savigliano. Racconigi. Poerino. Turin. "The alps, as far as they are in view from North to South, shew the gradation of climate by the line which terminates the snows lying on them."<ref>Ibid, 11:433.</ref>
-6 April: Hieres. “This is a plain of two or three miles diameter, bounded by the sea on one side and mountains of rock on the other.+*April 19: Settimo. Chivasco. Ciliano. S. Germano. Vercelli. "The country continues plain and rich, the soil black."<ref>Ibid, 1:435.</ref>
- Toulon : “From Olioules to Toulon the figs are in the open fields. Some of them have stems of 15.I. diameter. They generally fork near the ground, but sometimes have a single stem of 5.f. long. They are as large as Apricot trees. The Olive trees of this day’s journey are about the size of large apple trees.” (Journal p. 429)+*April 20" Vercelli, Novara, Buffalora, Sedriano, and Milan (Albergo reale). "From Vercelli to Novara the fields are all in rice, and now mostly under water."<ref>Ibid, 11:436.</ref>
-8 April : Toulon, Hyères, Cuers, Pignans, le Luc (Hotel St. Anne 9f). +*April 21-22: Milan. "Figs and pomegranates grow here unsheltered, as I am told...Among a great many houses painted al fresco, the Casa Roma and Casa Candiani by Appiani, and Casa Belgioiosa by Martin are superior."<ref>Ibid, 11:436-437.</ref>
-9 April: Vidauban, le My, Fréjus, Lestrelles, Napoule, Antibes: +*April 23: Leaves Milan. Casino. Rozzano. Parmesan Cheese. "It is supposed this was formerly made at Parma, and took it’s name thence, but none is made there now. It is made thro all the country extending from Milan 150 miles...The ice-houses at Rozzano are dug about 15.f. deep, and 20.f. diameter and poles are driven down all round."<ref>Ibid, 11:438-439.</ref> Binasco. Pavia. "Near Cassino the rice ponds begin and continue to within 5. miles of Pavia, the whole ground being in rice, pasture, and willows…They gave me green peas at Pavia."<ref>Ibid, 11:440.</ref>
-Antibes, Nice. “There is snow on the high mountains. The first frogs I have heard are of this day (the 9th). At Antibes are oranges in the open ground, but in small inclosures: palm trees also. From thence to the Var are the largest fig trees and olive trees I have seen.+*April 24: Voghera. Tortona. Novi.
-10 April: Nice: (Hotel de York) . +*April 25: Voltaggio, Campo Marone. and Genoa. "At Novi the Appenines begin to rise. Their growth of timber is oak, tall, small, and knotty and chestnut."<ref>Ibid.</ref>
-11 April. Nice. “The pine bur I used here for kindling fires.+*April 26: Genoa. "Strawberries at Genoa."<ref>Ibid.</ref>
-13 April: Scarena, Sospello. “There are no orange trees after we leave the environs of Nice.+*April 28: Noli. "The Appenine and Alps appear to me to be one and the same continued ridge of mountains, separating every where the waters of the Adriatic gulph from those of the Mediterranean."<ref>Ibid, 11:441.</ref>
-14 April: Ciandola. Tende. +*April 29: Albenga.
-15 April: Limone. Coni+*April 30: Oneglia and St. Remo (Augerge de la poste). "The wind continuing contrary, I took mules at Albenga for Oneglia. Along this tract are many of the tree called Carroubier, being a species of Locust...It’s pods furnish food for horses and even for the poor in times of scarcity."<ref>Ibid, 11:442.</ref>
-16 April: Centale. Savigliano. Racconigi. Poerino. Turin. “The alps, as far as they are in view from North to South, shew the gradation of climate by the line which terminates the snows lying on them.+*May 3: Luc. Brignolles. Tourves. Pourcieux. La Galiniere. Aix (Hotel St. Jaques).
-19 April: Settimo. Chivasco. Ciliano. S. Germano. Vercelli. The country continues plain and rich, the soil black.+*May 4: Le Grand Pin, Marseilles (Hotel des Princes, May 6th).<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1:665.</ref>
-20 April. Vercelli, Novara, Buffalora, Sedriano, and Milan (Albergo reale) . “From Vercelli to Novara the fields are all in rice, and now mostly under water.+*May 7: Aix, St. Cannat, Pontroyal, Orgon.
-21-22 April: Milan. “Figs and pomegranates grow here unsheltered, as I am told.+*May 8: Orgon. Avignon (Hotel de St. Omer) Vaucluse.
-“—Among a great many houses painted al fresco, the Casa Roma and Casa Candiani by Appiani, and Casa Belgioiosa by Martin are superior. +*May 10: Nismes (Hotel de Luxemburg). Lunel. "Hills on the right, plains on the left. The soil reddish, a little stony and of middling quality. The produce olives, mulberries, vines, corn, St. foin...Lunel is famous for it’s vin de Muscat blanc, thence called Lunel, or vin Muscat de Lunel."<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 11: 443-444.</ref>
-23 April. Leaves Milan. Casino.+*May 11: Montpellier.
-Rozzano. Parmesan Cheese. “It is supposed this was formerly made at Parma, and took it’s name thence, but none is made there now. It is made thro all the country extending from Milan 150 miles.+*May 12: Frontignan. Cette .
-“The ice-houses at Rozzano are dug about 15.f. deep, and 20.f. diameter and poles are driven down all round.+*May 13: Agde.
-Binasco. Pavia. “Near Cassino the rice ponds begin and continue to within 5. miles of Pavia, the whole ground being in rice, pasture, and willows…They gave me green peas at Pavia.+*May 15: Beziers. Argilies. LeSaumal. On the Canal of Languedoc: "The Canal of Languedoc along which I now travel is 6. toises wide at bottom, and 10 toises at the surface of the water, which is 1. toise deep...The locks are mostly kept by women, but the necessary operations are much too laborious for them. The encroachments by the men on the offices proper for the women is a great derangement in the order of things. Men are shoemakers, tailors, upholsterers, staymakers, mantua makers, cooks, doorkeepers, housekeepers, housecleaners, bedmakers."<ref>Ibid, 11:446.</ref>
-24 April: Voghera. Tortona. Novi. +*May 16: Le Samumal. Marseillette.
-25 April. Voltaggio, Campo Marone. and Genoa “At Novi the Appenines begin to rise. Their growth of timber is oak, tall, small, and knotty and chestnut.+*May 18: Carcassonne. Castelnaudari. (Hotel de St. Jean Baptiste).
-26 April: Genoa. “Strawberries at Genoa.+*May 19: Castelnaudary (Hotel de Notredame). St. Feriol, Escarmare. Lampy.
-28 April: Noli. “The Appenine and Alps appear to me to be one and the same continued ridge of mountains, separating every where the waters of the Adriatic gulph from those of the Mediterranean.+*May 20: Narouze, Villefranche. Baziège.
-29 April: Albenga+*May 21: Toulouse (Hotel du Griffon d’or): "At Toulouse the canal ends. It has four communications with the Mediterranean."<ref>Ibid, 11:449.</ref>
-30 April: Oneglia and St. Remo (Augerge de la poste). “The wind continuing contrary, I took mules at Albenga for Oneglia. Along this tract are many of the tree called Carroubier, being a species of Locust…It’s pods furnish food for horses and even for the poor in times of scarcity.+*May 22: Toulouse.
-3 May: Luc. Brignolles. Tourves. Pourcieux. La Galiniere. Aix (Hotel St. Jaques).+*May 23: Agen (Hotel petit St. Jean), St. Hilaire, Port Ste. Marie, Aiguillon, Tonneins, Marmaude, Mottelandron, Le Preole, Cauderat, Langon, Barlade, Castres.
-4 May : Le Grand Pin, Marseilles (Hotel des Princes, May 6th). Memorandum Book I, p.665+*May 24-28: Bordeaux. (Hotel de Richelieu) "The cantons in which the most celebrated wines of Bordeaux are made are MEDOC down the river, Grave adjoining the city and the parishes next above; all on the same side of the river."<ref>Ibid, 11:455.</ref>
-7 May : Aix, St. Cannat, Pontroyal, Orgon.+*May 28 From Bordeaux to Blaye.
-8 May: Orgon. Avignon (Hotel de St. Omer) Vaucluse.+*May 29: From Rochefort to Le Rocher.
-10 May: Nismes (Hotel de Luxemburg). Lunel. “Hills on the right, plains on the left. The soil reddish, a little stony and of middling quality. The produce olives, mulberries, vines, corn, St. foin….Lunel is famous for it’s vin de Muscat blanc, thence called Lunel, or vin Muscat de Lunel.+*May 30: Bacha, Le Rocher, Rochelle, Usseau, Marans, Morelles, Ste. Hermine.
-11 May: Montpellier.+*May 31: Chantenay, St. Fulgent, Montaigu, Aigrefeuille, Nantes (A la Croix verte).
-12 May: Frontignan. Cette .+*June 1-2: Le Temple, Moere, Pontchateau, Rochebernard, Massellac. Thex, Vannes, Auray, Landevant, Hennebont, L’Orient (Hotel de Epée Royal). "The country from Nates to Lorient is very hilly and poor, the soil grey."<ref>Ibid, 11:458.</ref>
-13 May: Agde.+*June 3: Hennebont, Baud, Locminé, Josselin.
-15 May: Beziers. Argilies. LeSaumal.----On the Canal of Languedoc. “The Canal of Languedoc along which I now travel is 6. toises wide at bottom, and 10 toises at the surface of the water, which is 1. toise deep…The locks are mostly kept by women, but the necessary operations are much too laborious for them. The encroachments by the men on the offices proper for the women is a great derangement in the order of things. Men are shoemakers, tailors, upholsterers, staymakers, mantua makers, cooks, doorkeepers, housekeepers, housecleaners, bedmakers.+*June 4: Ploemel, Campenéac, Plélan, Mordelles, Rennes.
-16 May: Le Samumal. Marseillette.+*June 5: Bout des Landes, Roudun, Brecharaye, Derval, Nozay, Bout de Bois, Gesvres, Nantes (St. Julien).
-18 May: Carcassonne. Castelnaudari. (Hotel de St. Jean Baptiste)+*June 6-8: Nantes. Ancenis. Angers. Tours. Manves, le Plessis, Ancenis (Hotel de Bretagne). "Tours is at the 119th. Mile stone. Being desirous of enquiring here into a fact stated by Voltaire in his Questions encyclopediaques. Art. Coquilles, relative to the growth of shells unconnected with animal bodies at the chateau of Monsr. De la Sauvagiere near Tours, I called on M. Gentil premier Secretaire de l'Intendance, to whom the Intendant had written on my behalf at the request of the Marquis de Chastellux."<ref>Ibid, 11:460.</ref>
-19 May: Castelnaudary (Hotel de Notredame). St. Feriol, Escarmare. Lampy.+*June 9-10: Blois. Orleans. "At Blois the road leaves the river, and traverses the hills, which are mostly reddish, sometimes grey, good enough, in vines, corn S. foin."<ref>Ibid, 11:462.</ref>
-20 May: Narouze, Villefranche. Baziège.+*June 10: Returned to Paris.
-21 May: Toulouse ( Hotel du Griffon d’or) “At Toulouse the canal ends. It has four communications with the Mediterranean.+
-22 May: Toulouse. +
-23 May: Agen (Hotel petit St. Jean), St. Hilaire, Port Ste. Marie, Aiguillon, Tonneins, Marmaude, Mottelandron, Le Preole, Cauderat, Langon, Barlade, Castres.+
-24.25.26.27.28. May: Bordeaux. (Hotel de Richelieu) “The cantons in which the most celebrated wines of Bordeaux are made are MEDOC down the river, GRAVE adjoining the city and the parishes next above ; all on the same side of the river.+
-28 May : From Bordeaux to Blaye.+
-29 May : From Rochefort to Le Rocher..+
-30 May: Bacha, Le Rocher, Rochelle, Usseau, Marans, Morelles, Ste. Hermine.+
-31 May: Chantenay, St. Fulgent, Montaigu, Aigrefeuille, Nantes (A la Croix verte).+
-1.2. June: Le Temple, Moere, Pontchateau, Rochebernard, Massellac.+
- Thex, Vannes, Auray, Landevant, Hennebont, L’Orient (Hotel de Epée Royal). ‘’The country from Nates to LORIENT is very hilly and poor, the soil grey.+
-3 June : Hennebont, Baud, Locminé, Josselin. +
-4 June : Ploemel, Campenéac, Plélan, Mordelles, Rennes.+
-5 June : Bout des Landes, Roudun, Brecharaye, Derval, Nozay, Bout de Bois, Gesvres, Nantes (St. Julien).+
-6.7.8. June: Nantes. Ancenis. Angers. Tours. Manves, le Plessis, Ancenis (Hotel de Bretagne). “Tours is at the 119th. Mile stone. Being desirous of enquiring here into a fact stated by Voltaire in his Questions encyclopediaques. Art. Coquilles, relative to the growth of shells unconnected with animal bodies at the chateau of Monsr. De la Sauvagiere near Tours, I called on M. Gentil premier Secretaire de l'Intendance, to whom the Intendant had written on my behalf at the request of the Marquis de Chastellux.+
-9. 10. June : Blois. Orleans. “At Blois the road leaves the river, and traverses the hills, which are mostly reddish, sometimes grey, good enough, in vines, corn S. foin.+
-10 June: Returned to Paris+
==Footnotes== ==Footnotes==
<references/> <references/>
 +==See Also==
 +*[[Mediterranean Journey (1787)]]
-Report : Betty Goss, May 5, 2009+==Further Sources==
-Sources:+*Adams, William Howard. [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=5281 ''The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson'']. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997
-“Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c., Papers, Vol. 11, 1787, pages 415--464+*Jefferson, Thomas. "Hints to Americans Travelling in Europe." See [[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 13:264-276. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mcc&fileName=027/page.db&recNum=0&itemLink=r?ammem/mcc:@field(DOCID+@lit(mcc/027) Copy] at the Library of Congress
 +*Kimball, Marie. [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=840 ''Jefferson The Scene Of Europe 1784to 1789'']. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1950
 +*[[Short Title List|Malone, ''Jefferson'']]. See 2:112—130
 +*[[Short Title List|''MB'']]. See 1:655—670
 +*Shackelford, George Green. [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=4822 ''Thomas Jefferson’s Travels in Europe, 1784-1789'']. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995
- George Green Shackelford, Thomas Jefferson’s Travels in Europe, 1784—1789, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 1995, pages 75--127+[[Category:Places]]
- +
-Roy & Alma Moore, Thomas Jefferson’s Journey To The South Of France, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 1999 (This book covers Jefferson’s travels in the south of France. There is a nine page introduction by Lucia Stanton . There is an itinerary and map at the beginning of the book. In the authors own words: The book tells “ the story of Jefferson’s tour with [reproductions of paintings Jefferson admired], their own photographs and letters written to and by Jefferson.” P. 159+
-New York Times review 1999: http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/09/26/bib/990926.rv104053.html+
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-Lucia Stanton’s article: http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Mediterranean+
- +
-James A. Bear, Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, Editors, Jefferson’s Memorandum Books, Volume I, pages 655—670+
- +
-Edward Dumbauld, Thomas Jefferson, American Tourist, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 1946, , pages 83—109. Complete “Chronological Itinerary” pages 233—235.+
- +
-Marie Kimball, Jefferson The Scene Of Europe 1784to 1789, Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, 1950, pages 184—201, 233--235+
- +
-Dumas Malone, Jefferson And The Rights Of Man, Little, Brown And Company, Boston, 1951, pages 112—130+
- +
-William Howard Adams, The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1997, pages 108--114+
- +
-Anthony Brandt, Thomas Jefferson Travels, Selected Writings 1784—1789, National Geographic, Washington, D.C., 2006 (This book includes a detailed map of Jefferson’s travels and selected writings) Much of the itinerary and Jefferson’s own words were taken from “Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c.”, Pages 186-230.+
- +
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-“Jefferson’s Hints to Americans Travelling in Europe” found in Papers, Volume 13, 264—76+
- +
-http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mcc&fileName=027/page.db&recNum=0&itemLink=r?ammem/mcc:@field(DOCID+@lit(mcc/027)+
- +
-There are discrepancies in the itineraries in Dumbauld and Jefferson’s Notes. +
-1-Jefferson recorded payments in the Memorandum Book at a certain place at one date and in his Notes he had a different date. Dumbauld included the names of vineyards and hotels where Jefferson lodged.+

Revision as of 10:42, 10 July 2009

"I am just setting out on a journey of three months to the South of France.” - Thomas Jefferson to Elizabeth House Trist, Paris, February 23, 1787[1]

On February 28, 1787 the forty-four-year-old Thomas Jefferson left Paris for a three month, twelve-hundred-mile journey to southern France and northern Italy.[2] A trip scheduled 5 months earlier was postponed after he injured his right wrist, and his subsequent itinerary was changed to include the south of France, at the advice of his surgeon. Jefferson wrote: “I am now about setting out on a journey to the South of France, one object of which is to try the mineral waters there for the restoration of my hand, but another is to visit all the seaports where we have trade, and to hunt up all the inconveniencies under which it labours, in order to get them rectified. I shall visit and carefully examine too the Canal of Languedoc.”[3]

Traveling as a private citizen from Virginia, not as a diplomat, Thomas Jefferson paid his own way, and none of his Paris servants went with him. Preferring to travel alone and anonymously, he chose to hire valets in each town. In Dijon, he made an exception, and hired Petit Jean, who stayed with him the entire trip.[4] "I was alone thro the whole, and think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.”[5]

Jefferson traveled in his own carriage drawn by post horses. Every ten miles at a post house, he paid for another postilion and fresh horses. He used three horses until he got to Lyon, and after that time he had four or five.[6] The carriage required frequent wheel repairs.

In Champagne, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Bordeaux, Jefferson compared red and white wines, the soils in which they were cultivated, how well the wines withstood transport, and prices. He wrote in depth about the planting and pruning of the vines. Continuing his agricultural investigation into the north of Italy, he observed techniques used in the growing of rice and smuggled rice seed out of the country.[7] He mentioned having "had a great number of olive plants of the best kind sent from Marseilles to Charleston for S. Carola & Georgia."[8]

In his journal, “Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c.,” and in his letters, he wrote in detail about the people he met in each area. "You must ferret the people out of their hovels...look into their kettles, eat their bread, loll on their beds under the pretense of resting yourself, but in fact to find if they are soft. You will feel a sublime pleasure in the course of this investigation..."[9]

"Architecture, painting, sculpture, antiquities, agriculture, the condition of the labouring poor fill all my moments," he wrote to William Short.[10] At Nîmes, he visited the Maison Carrée, the Roman temple he so admired and chose as the model for the Virginia state capitol. He also visited the Pont du Gard, part of an aqueduct constructed in 19 B.C.

When he reached Aix-en-Provence, Jefferson noted that "the temperature of the waters was 90° Fahrenheit at the spout."[11] He took many douches "without any sensible benefit" to the wrist. Smitten by the sunshine in Aix, he wrote to William Short: "...I am now in the land of corn, wine, oil, and sunshine. What more can man ask of heaven? If I should happen to die at Paris I will beg of you to send me here, and have me exposed to the sun. I am sure it will bring me to life again."[12]

The Canal of Languedoc (today known as Canal du Midi) was of great interest to Jefferson. This waterway, dating to the seventeenth century, united the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean. He wrote to William Short: "I have passed through the Canal from its entrance into the Mediterranean at Cette to this place, and shall be immediately at Toulouse, in the whole 200 American miles, by water; having employed in examining all it’s details nine days, one of which was spent in making a tour of 40 miles on horseback, among the Montagnes noires, to see the manner in which water has been collected to supply the canal; the other eight on the canal itself.. I dismounted my carriage from it’s wheels, placed it on the deck of a light bark, and was thus towed on the canal instead of the post road…Of all the methods of traveling I have ever tried this is the pleasantest. I walk the greater part of the way along the banks of the canal, level, and lined with a double row of trees which furnish shade. When fatigued I take seat in my carriage where, as much at ease as if in my study, I read, write, or observe."[13]

Jefferson began traveling again in his carriage on May 22, 1787. He reached Bordeaux late on May 24, 1787 and stayed at the Hôtel Richelieu where he enjoyed fresh cherries, peas, and strawberries. On May 28 he ferried across the Garonne and stayed in Blaye overnight. The next day he traveled the northwest route to La Rochelle. From La Rochelle he went to Nantes . On June 1, 1787 he left Nantes and made his way to the north shore of Loire. By June 6th he arrived at Aucenis, changed horses but didn’t visit the sites of the town and continued on to the north bank of Loire. At Amboise he did some sightseeing and had carriage repairs. By June 10th he reached Paris after being away more than three months.

Contents

Itinerary

Below is an itinerary of the places Jefferson visited and his observations. The itinerary is based on Jefferson’s: "Notes of a Tour into the Southern Parts of France, &c. Memorandums taken on a journey from Paris into the Southern parts of France and and Northern of Italy, in the year 1787."[14]

  • February 28-March 2: Fontainbleau: Jefferson left Paris and traveled as far as Fontainbleau where he was delayed for two day because of problems with the wheels of his carriage.
  • March 2: Sens: At Sens he noted paying to see its cathedral and climbed to the top of the cathedral’s tower to see the town’s buildings. Moret, Faussard, Villeneuve, Pont sur Yonne, Sens.[15]
  • March 3: Champagne. Sens to Vermanton. In his Notes he recorded: "The soil is generally a rich mulatto loam…The plains are in corn…the hills in vineyard, but the wine not good…Few apple trees…no cattle, sheep or swine. Fine mules."[16]
  • March 4: Burgundy : Lucy le bois, Cussy les forges, Rouvray, Maison-neuve, Vitteaux, La Charleure, Pont de Panis, Dijon (Hotel de Condé) "The soil a good red loam...All in corn. Some forest wood here...Now and then a flock of sheep...The people are well clothed, but it is Sunday." Dijon...The best round potatoes here I ever saw."[17]
  • March 7-8: La Baraque to Chagny. Dijon, La Baraque, Nuits, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault. Aussy, Chagny, Chalon-sur-Saone, Sennecey, Tournus. "The plains are in corn, the Cote in vines."[18]
  • March 9: Chalons, Sennecy, Tournus, St. Albin, Macon: "The vineyards are inclosed with dry stone walls…The cattle are few and indifferent..some good oxen…Few sheep…A good deal of wood lands."[19] Beaujolois: Masion blanche. St. George. Chateau de Laye-Epinaye. "This is the richest country I ever beheld...Here, as in Burgundy, the cattle are all white…The wild gooseberry is in leaf, the wild pear and sweet briar in bud...Lyon...The Almond is in bloom."[20]
  • March 11: Ville franche, Les Echelles, Puits d’or, Lyons (Hôtel du Palais royal).
  • March 15-18: Dauphine: St. Fond to Mornas. St. Symphorin, Vienne, Dauphine. From St. Fond to Mornas. "The Rhone makes extensive plains...the high lands are often very level. The soil...is generally tinged, more or less, with red... In the neighborhood of Lyons there is more corn, almonds, and oaks; the hills are in vines."[21]
  • March 18: Principality of Orange. "No forest. Here begins the country of olives…Thyme growing wild here on the hills. Asses very small...The high hills in Dauphiné are covered with snow."[22]
  • March 19-23: Languedoc. Pont St. Esprit. Bagnols. Connault. Valignieres. Remoulins. St. Gervasy. Nismes. Pont Bagnols, Connault, Valliguières, Remoulins, St. Gervasy, Nismes, Pont d’Arles .) "The hills are rocky...The culture is corn, clover, St. foin, olives, vines, mulberries, willow, and some almonds."[23] Nimes: At Nîmes his enthusiasm for seeing, for the first time, the Maison Carré, the building design he chose for the Virginia state capitol in Richmond, is seen in a letter he wrote to Madame de Tessé: "Here I am, madam, gazing whole hours at the Maison quarrée, like a lover at his mistress...From Lyons to Nismes I have been nourished with the remains of Roman grandeur."[24] Remoulins: Jefferson "stopped here long enough to see the Pont du Gard."[25]
  • March 24: Nismes to Arles: "The plains extending from Nismes to the Rhone in the direction of Arles is broken in one place by a skirt of low hills...The high hills of Languedoc are covered with snow. At an antient [sic] church in the suburbs of Arles are perhaps some hundreds of antient stone coffins along the road side.…But the principal monument here is an Amphitheatre, the external portico of which is tolerably compleat [sic]..."[26]Terrasson: St. Remis.
  • March 25:: Orgon. Pontroyal. St. Cannat: "From Orgon to Pontroyal, after quitting the plains of the Rhone, the country seems still to be a plain cut into compartments, by chains of mountains of massive rock running thro it in various directions."[27]
  • March 25-28: Aix: Aix (Hotel St. Jaques). "The country is waving, in vines, pasture of green swerd and clover, much inclosed with stone, and abounding with sheep."[28]
  • March 29: Marseilles. "Beginning on March 29, Jefferson spent a week in the Hôtel des Princes at Marseilles..."[29] From his Journal he writes: "The country is hilly, intersected by chains of hills and mountains of massive rock.The soil is reddish, stony and indifferent where best. Whenever there is any soil it is covered with olives...There are 6. or 8. months at a time here without rain. The most delicate figs known in Europe are those growing about this place, called figues Marcelloises, or les veritables Marcelloises, to distinguish them from others of inferior quality growing here."[30]
  • April 6: Marseilles to Aubagne. Hieres: "This is a plain of two or three miles diameter, bounded by the sea on one side and mountains of rock on the other."[31] Toulon: "From Olioules to Toulon the figs are in the open fields. Some of them have stems of 15.I. diameter. They generally fork near the ground, but sometimes have a single stem of 5.f. long. They are as large as Apricot trees. The Olive trees of this day’s journey are about the size of large apple trees."[32]
  • April 8: Toulon, Hyères, Cuers, Pignans, le Luc (Hotel St. Anne 9f).
  • April 9: Vidauban, le My, Fréjus, Lestrelles, Napoule, Antibes, Nice. "There is snow on the high mountains. The first frogs I have heard are of this day (the 9th). At Antibes are oranges in the open ground, but in small inclosures: palm trees also. From thence to the Var are the largest fig trees and olive trees I have seen."[33]
  • April 10: Nice: (Hotel de York).
  • April 11: Nice. "The pine bur I used here for kindling fires."[34]
  • April 13: Scarena, Sospello. "There are no orange trees after we leave the environs of Nice."[35]
  • April 14: Ciandola. Tende.
  • April 15: Limone. Coni.
  • April 16: Centale. Savigliano. Racconigi. Poerino. Turin. "The alps, as far as they are in view from North to South, shew the gradation of climate by the line which terminates the snows lying on them."[36]
  • April 19: Settimo. Chivasco. Ciliano. S. Germano. Vercelli. "The country continues plain and rich, the soil black."[37]
  • April 20" Vercelli, Novara, Buffalora, Sedriano, and Milan (Albergo reale). "From Vercelli to Novara the fields are all in rice, and now mostly under water."[38]
  • April 21-22: Milan. "Figs and pomegranates grow here unsheltered, as I am told...Among a great many houses painted al fresco, the Casa Roma and Casa Candiani by Appiani, and Casa Belgioiosa by Martin are superior."[39]
  • April 23: Leaves Milan. Casino. Rozzano. Parmesan Cheese. "It is supposed this was formerly made at Parma, and took it’s name thence, but none is made there now. It is made thro all the country extending from Milan 150 miles...The ice-houses at Rozzano are dug about 15.f. deep, and 20.f. diameter and poles are driven down all round."[40] Binasco. Pavia. "Near Cassino the rice ponds begin and continue to within 5. miles of Pavia, the whole ground being in rice, pasture, and willows…They gave me green peas at Pavia."[41]
  • April 24: Voghera. Tortona. Novi.
  • April 25: Voltaggio, Campo Marone. and Genoa. "At Novi the Appenines begin to rise. Their growth of timber is oak, tall, small, and knotty and chestnut."[42]
  • April 26: Genoa. "Strawberries at Genoa."[43]
  • April 28: Noli. "The Appenine and Alps appear to me to be one and the same continued ridge of mountains, separating every where the waters of the Adriatic gulph from those of the Mediterranean."[44]
  • April 29: Albenga.
  • April 30: Oneglia and St. Remo (Augerge de la poste). "The wind continuing contrary, I took mules at Albenga for Oneglia. Along this tract are many of the tree called Carroubier, being a species of Locust...It’s pods furnish food for horses and even for the poor in times of scarcity."[45]
  • May 3: Luc. Brignolles. Tourves. Pourcieux. La Galiniere. Aix (Hotel St. Jaques).
  • May 4: Le Grand Pin, Marseilles (Hotel des Princes, May 6th).[46]
  • May 7: Aix, St. Cannat, Pontroyal, Orgon.
  • May 8: Orgon. Avignon (Hotel de St. Omer) Vaucluse.
  • May 10: Nismes (Hotel de Luxemburg). Lunel. "Hills on the right, plains on the left. The soil reddish, a little stony and of middling quality. The produce olives, mulberries, vines, corn, St. foin...Lunel is famous for it’s vin de Muscat blanc, thence called Lunel, or vin Muscat de Lunel."[47]
  • May 11: Montpellier.
  • May 12: Frontignan. Cette .
  • May 13: Agde.
  • May 15: Beziers. Argilies. LeSaumal. On the Canal of Languedoc: "The Canal of Languedoc along which I now travel is 6. toises wide at bottom, and 10 toises at the surface of the water, which is 1. toise deep...The locks are mostly kept by women, but the necessary operations are much too laborious for them. The encroachments by the men on the offices proper for the women is a great derangement in the order of things. Men are shoemakers, tailors, upholsterers, staymakers, mantua makers, cooks, doorkeepers, housekeepers, housecleaners, bedmakers."[48]
  • May 16: Le Samumal. Marseillette.
  • May 18: Carcassonne. Castelnaudari. (Hotel de St. Jean Baptiste).
  • May 19: Castelnaudary (Hotel de Notredame). St. Feriol, Escarmare. Lampy.
  • May 20: Narouze, Villefranche. Baziège.
  • May 21: Toulouse (Hotel du Griffon d’or): "At Toulouse the canal ends. It has four communications with the Mediterranean."[49]
  • May 22: Toulouse.
  • May 23: Agen (Hotel petit St. Jean), St. Hilaire, Port Ste. Marie, Aiguillon, Tonneins, Marmaude, Mottelandron, Le Preole, Cauderat, Langon, Barlade, Castres.
  • May 24-28: Bordeaux. (Hotel de Richelieu) "The cantons in which the most celebrated wines of Bordeaux are made are MEDOC down the river, Grave adjoining the city and the parishes next above; all on the same side of the river."[50]
  • May 28 From Bordeaux to Blaye.
  • May 29: From Rochefort to Le Rocher.
  • May 30: Bacha, Le Rocher, Rochelle, Usseau, Marans, Morelles, Ste. Hermine.
  • May 31: Chantenay, St. Fulgent, Montaigu, Aigrefeuille, Nantes (A la Croix verte).
  • June 1-2: Le Temple, Moere, Pontchateau, Rochebernard, Massellac. Thex, Vannes, Auray, Landevant, Hennebont, L’Orient (Hotel de Epée Royal). "The country from Nates to Lorient is very hilly and poor, the soil grey."[51]
  • June 3: Hennebont, Baud, Locminé, Josselin.
  • June 4: Ploemel, Campenéac, Plélan, Mordelles, Rennes.
  • June 5: Bout des Landes, Roudun, Brecharaye, Derval, Nozay, Bout de Bois, Gesvres, Nantes (St. Julien).
  • June 6-8: Nantes. Ancenis. Angers. Tours. Manves, le Plessis, Ancenis (Hotel de Bretagne). "Tours is at the 119th. Mile stone. Being desirous of enquiring here into a fact stated by Voltaire in his Questions encyclopediaques. Art. Coquilles, relative to the growth of shells unconnected with animal bodies at the chateau of Monsr. De la Sauvagiere near Tours, I called on M. Gentil premier Secretaire de l'Intendance, to whom the Intendant had written on my behalf at the request of the Marquis de Chastellux."[52]
  • June 9-10: Blois. Orleans. "At Blois the road leaves the river, and traverses the hills, which are mostly reddish, sometimes grey, good enough, in vines, corn S. foin."[53]
  • June 10: Returned to Paris.

Footnotes

  1. PTJ, 11:181.
  2. This article is based on Betty Goss, Monticello Research Report, May 5, 2009.
  3. Jefferson to James Monroe. 18 December 1786. PTJ, 10:612.
  4. MB, 1:656.
  5. Jefferson to John Banister, Jr. 19 June 1787. PTJ, 11:477.
  6. MB, 1:656.
  7. George Green Shackelford, Thomas Jefferson’s Travels in Europe, 1784-1789 (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 94. See also PTJ, 11:436.
  8. "Summary of Public Service," [after September 2, 1800], in PTJ, 32:123-4.
  9. Jefferson to Lafayette. 11 April 1787. Ibid, 11:285.
  10. Ibid, 11:215.
  11. Malone, Jefferson, 2:120.
  12. PTJ, 11:247.
  13. Ibid, 11:372.
  14. See also PTJ, 11:415-462; Edward Dumbauld, Thomas Jefferson American Tourist (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1946), 233-235. There are discrepancies in the itineraries in Dumbauld and Jefferson’s Notes. Jefferson recorded payments in the Memorandum Book at a certain place at one date and in his Notes he had a different date. Dumbauld included the names of vineyards and hotels where Jefferson lodged; Roy and Alma Moore, Thomas Jefferson’s Journey To The South Of France (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 1999), 7; Anthony Brandt, ed. Thomas Jefferson Travels Selected Writings 1784-1789 (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2006), 186-230.
  15. MB, 1:656.
  16. PTJ, 11:415.
  17. Ibid, 11:416.
  18. Ibid, 11:416.
  19. Ibid, 11:418.
  20. Ibid, 11:419-420.
  21. Ibid, 11:422.
  22. Ibid, 11:423.
  23. Ibid, 11:423-424.
  24. Jefferson to Madame de Tessé. 20 March 1787. Ibid, 11:226.
  25. MB, 1:659.
  26. PTJ, 11:425.
  27. Ibid, 11:426.
  28. Ibid.
  29. George Shackelford, Thomas Jefferson's Travels in Europe, 1784-1789, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 84.
  30. PTJ, 11:429.
  31. Ibid, 11:429.
  32. Ibid.
  33. Ibid, 11:431.
  34. Ibid.
  35. Ibid, 11:432.
  36. Ibid, 11:433.
  37. Ibid, 1:435.
  38. Ibid, 11:436.
  39. Ibid, 11:436-437.
  40. Ibid, 11:438-439.
  41. Ibid, 11:440.
  42. Ibid.
  43. Ibid.
  44. Ibid, 11:441.
  45. Ibid, 11:442.
  46. MB, 1:665.
  47. PTJ, 11: 443-444.
  48. Ibid, 11:446.
  49. Ibid, 11:449.
  50. Ibid, 11:455.
  51. Ibid, 11:458.
  52. Ibid, 11:460.
  53. Ibid, 11:462.

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