Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

The private buildings [of Virginia] are very rarely constructed of stone or brick; much the greatest proportion being of scantling and boards, plastered with lime. It is impossible to devise things more ugly, uncomfortable, and happily more perishable.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Notes on the State of Virginia (1787), Query 15, p. 152, ed. William Peden (1954).
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