'I Cannot Live Without Books' Pillow
The quotation embroidered on this pillow was expressed in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. Many contemporary bibliophiles can identify with his sentiment. If you're one - or know one - this classic pillow makes a perfect gift. Twisted cord detail. Removable navy cover is poly/cotton. USA made. 12"l. x 14"w.
The original letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams is in the Library's collections. Jefferson's letter in it's entirety reads:
[June 10, 1815]
I have met with, and very kindly and opportunely offered me the means of reprocuring some part of the library treasures which I have ceded to Congress to replace the devastations of British Vandalism at Washington. I cannot live without books, but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object. I am about sending him a catalogue to which less than his critical knolege of books would hardly be adequate.
Present my high respects to mrs Adams and accept yourself the assurances of my affectionate attachment. Th. Jefferson