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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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6 PRESIDENTS' DAY DEALS 2021 FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 | THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER "I learn from the newspa- pers that the vandalism of our enemy has triumphed at Washington over science as well as the arts, by the destruction of the public library with then noble edi- fice in which it was depos- ited," President Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend in September 1814. Jefferson was distraught by the loss, and by the inability for Congress to replace the lost library because of difficulties with the war and buying vol- umes from Europe. Jefferson Steps Up Jefferson always planned to donate his 6,707-volume personal library to Congress at the time of his death, but given the recent disaster, he decided to make the offer early, "without regard to the small remnant of time, and the barren use of my enjoy- ing it." He set the terms as any value and payment Congress chose to set so long as the entire library was purchased. A Georgetown bookseller valued the huge library at $23,950, but Joseph Milligan also thought that the library contained 6,487 volumes. Jefferson's own catalogue, as it turns out, had some errors. He didn't ask to keep the books or for Congress to pay him any extra, but gave them with the collection. A Library Goes to Washington The books were shipped to Washington in the bookcases they were in. Ten wagons left Jefferson's home at Monticello for Washington, arriving May 8, 1815. "I hope it will not be without some general effect on the literature of our country," Jefferson wrote. Unfortunately, a second fire in 1851 destroyed about two-thirds of the original library. For his part, Jefferson declared he could not live without books and began a second collection that eventually numbered in the thou- sands before being sold at auction in 1829. Jefferson's remaining books formed the core around which the present Library of Congress, the world's larg- est library, was developed. Slowly but surely, the library is restoring Jefferson's original collection through gifts and purchases thanks to dona- tions from Jerry and Gene Jones. Thomas Jefferson's Library During the War of 1812, the British stormed into Washington, D.C. Most of us learned the British army burned the White House, but what you may not have known is that it also torched the Library of Congress. All 3,000 volumes were reduced to ash. JEFFERSON 401-334-9611 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Closed Sunday 1270 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED FOR 30 YEARS NEED A BREATH OF FRESH AIR! The Austin Air Healthmate Sold Here. Only Clinically Proven Medical Grade Air Purifier Ideal for individuals or families with severe allergies and asthma, chemical sensitivities, or chronic illnesses such as COPD. • Removes 95% of Airborne Allergens, Odors, Bacteria and Viruses • HEPA Technology • 5 Year Filter Life $ 50 OFF any unit Must Present Ad - AUTHORIZED DEALER - PREMIUM PET FOOD & SUPPLIES FOR DOGS • CATS • SMALL PETS • BIRDS North ProvideNce Now reNtiNg for 2021! 1 and 2 Bedroom renovated apartments available! Please call our Leasing Office to set up an appointment. AN Active Adult commuNity 241-2214 Lincoln, Rhode Island CHARLIE SCHOTTER GENERAL CONTRACTOR Senior Citizen Discounts RI Reg. No. 851, Insured All Work Guaranteed Supplies May Be Limited - Plan Your Outdoor Projects Now! ✓ Interior/Exterior Painting ✓ General Carpentry ✓ Decks/Trim/Windows ✓ Small Jobs No Problem

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