Laura Kamoie and I get a lot of questions about the basis of William Short’s character in America’s First Daughter. The wonderful Megan Brett did me and my co-author a solid last weekend and went to UVA to help us find a letter in which one of Patsy Jefferson’s suitors is mentioned. One William Short. I started to get excited when I saw this.
Then the hairs on my nape started to rise when I saw this. OMG, a real letter from 1789, the autumn after Patsy Jefferson and her family left Paris, at the start of the French Revolution. So awesome. So cool. I want to touch it. I want to TOUCH IT….
Then reality struck me. It’s in French! And I can’t read French. Anyone out there want to help us translate?
There are more pages to this letter, but I figure beyond ten, if Marie hasn’t mentioned William Short, we’re in trouble 😛