How to buy the book

You can order at History Press as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other on-line retailers. I will send you a signed copy for $23, a little extra to cover shipping. I will send you both Slave Labor in the Capital and Through a Fiery Trial for $40. Send a check to me at PO Box 63, Wellesley Island, NY 13640-0063.

My lectures at Sotterley Plantation in St. Mary's County, Maryland, on September 23, 2015, and the DAR Library on December 5 are now blog posts below listed under book talks. The talk I gave
at the Politics and Prose Bookstore on February 28, 2015, along with Heather Butts, author African American Medicine in Washington, was taped by the bookstore. Take a listen.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

1799 description of rooms in the public buildings including apartments for servants

I'm not sure who wrote this December 14, 1799, description of the public buildings that gives the number and dimensions of most rooms inside them. It reminds us that these were not simple buildings easily constructed. Unfortunately, there is no description or characterization of the men who built them nor mention of the architects. Twice the writer points out that in the basements of the buildings their are apartments for servants.










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