November 25, 1783-May 11, 1784
He also recorded his daily expenses which provide the basic outline for what he was doing and purchasing while in Annapolis, including send his Hemings servant to Baltimore to become a hairdresser. It didn’t work out. Hemings refused to go to France, and returned with the horses to Monticello while Jefferson went on to France. Evidently from the Peale portrait, Jefferson ultimately chose to do little with his hair, unlike many of his contemporaries. [see: Jefferson’s Memorandum Books, ff 540-548].
The original of the watercolor depicting the flag over the State House when Jefferson resided in town, can be seen at one of the stops along the walk, the Hammond Harwood House. I discovered the watercolor by chance one day on a self-guided tour of the house. At the time it was not interpreted nor widely known. I was stunned to see that the flag we had reconstructed for the first version of the Shaw flag from the receipts for cloth used, was in error (since corrected) and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the detail of what it depicted of the town about the time of Jefferson’s return in 1790.
Next follow Market Space to Main Street, turning right and walking up Main, proceed to Conduit. Turn left on to Conduit, passing a colonial style building on the left which is now a Masonic lodge (162 Conduit Street).
Neither it nor the row houses beyond would have been there in Jefferson’s time. Instead he would have seen the courtyard and Mann’s Tavern where he first stayed in Annapolis, and dined with his friends after his trip up the State House dome. Mann’s is also where George Washington slept during his brief stay in Annapolis in December 1783, and where he probably composed his remarks resigning his commission, now on display in the State House.
When he left Annapolis for Paris, Jefferson sold his possessions and his library there to future president James Monroe for 21 pounds 12 shillings and 8 pence.
It would have been here at Middleton’s Tavern that Jefferson would have purchased his passage on the Middleton ferry to Rock Hall when he left Annapolis on his way to Paris on May 11, 1784. His last entry for the weather in Annapolis was for the 10th of May when it was a pleasant 65 degrees. He would not resume his systematic recording of the weather until slightly over a year later in France, when on the afternoon of June 9, 1785, it was but a degree warmer.