We hadn't even planned to visit the Library of Congress. But
we reached the Capitol an hour before our tour and there it was.
Beautiful on the inside. And only a few days after we had visited
Monticello, where they told us that after Congress'
first library had been burned by the British when they sacked
Washington, Jefferson had given them his collection of 6,000
books to start the new Library of Congress. And here were his
books -- some of them, at least -- preserved right where he
had sent them.