As his family’s patriarch, Thomas Jefferson took personal interest in the education of his grandchildren:

[Jefferson] was not directly responsible for all the subsequent peregrinations of his grandson [Francis Eppes], but by the spring of 1816 he was fully recognized as the boy’s mentor.

[Source: D. Malone, The Sage of Monticello (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1981), p. 290.]

Whereas Jefferson is well known for his leadership in the founding of the University of Virginia, Francis Eppes’ championing of education led to the founding of Florida State University. Perhaps when they play football in Tallahassee on 11/19/2011, they should compete for a Jefferson-Eppes trophy and establish a family rivalry; as I am a Hokie, I do not know whether such a rivalry already exists.

From n. travel from one place to another, especially on foot.

This post is part of a series, in which I look up words from my reading. These entries include foreign phrases, archaic and technical terms, and words for which my understanding is too approximate for my liking.

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