Looking to beef up your blogroll? I recommend Al Zambone's "Notanda." I especially like Zambone's "commonplace book" in which he posts short quotes from the founders and other characters from early America. Here is today's entry, entitled "Thomas Jefferson Finds Marylanders to Be Without Manners."
…The [Maryland] assembly happens to be sitting at this time…I was
surprised on approaching it to hear as great a noise and hubbub as you
will usually observe at a publick meeting of the planters in Virginia.
The first object which struck me after my entrance was the figure of
a little old man dressed but indifferently, with a yellow queüe wig on,
and mounted in the judge’s chair. This the gentleman who walked with me
informed me was the speaker, a man of a very fair character, but who by
the bye, has very little the air of a speaker. At one end of the
justices’ bench stood a man whom in another place I should from his
dress and phis have taken for Goodall the lawyer in Williamsburgh,
reading a bill then before the house with a schoolboy tone and an abrupt
pause at every half dozen words. This I found to be the clerk of the
assembly. The mob (for such was their appearance) sat covered on the
justices’ and lawyers’ benches, and were divided into little clubs
amusing themselves in the common chit chat way. I was surprised to see
them address the speaker without rising from their seats, and three,
four, and five at a time without being checked. when a motion was made,
the speaker instead of putting the question in the usual form, only
asked the gentlemen whether they chose that such or such a thing should
be done, and was answered by a yes sir, or no sir: and tho’ the voices
appeared frequently to be divided, they never would go to the trouble of
dividing the house, but the clerk entered the resolutions, I supposed,
as he thought proper. In short everything seems to be carried without
the house in general’s knowing what was proposed.
Thomas Jefferson, To John Page, May 25, 1766
I might also add that Al is a "cattleblogger." I am not sure what this means, but I think I am becoming a fan.