Last June we attended a grand reenactment at Monticello, The British Invasion 1781. We arrived early and rode to the top of the mountain where we met Thomas Jefferson's beloved wife, Martha.
Of course she had no idea what was to come in the way of a British invasion. She merely greeted us and talked about her famous husband and the running of a plantation.
Mrs. Jefferson talked extensively of her husband and his influence on self-governance in America.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..(Declaration of Independence)She used the word picture of marriage to explain our part.
Just like marriage requires both the husband and wife to work at it, self-governance likewise requires the citizens to work at it.
We cannot sit idly by, having a grand time with our own interests, and expect it to maintain itself. We must become actively involved.
Mrs. Jefferson also shared that she was well-read, so of course she could converse greatly with her husband upon many matters.
Not only that, but both she and her husband shared a common interest in music. She had taken many a lesson from Peter Pelham of (Colonial) Williamsburg on the spinet and piano forte.
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