« Jefferson struggled with finances after his presidency, partially through his own mismanagement, but also partially from a situation that Washington also complained about - visitors. It seems that back in those days, people felt that they could simply show up at an ex-President's house and visit, even perfect strangers. It was expected that the ex-President would house, feed, and entertain these people at their own expense, and that it would be impolite to inquire as to the length of their stay or ask them to leave. Washington (who had no financial issues at all, BTW) complained about how rare it was to spend a quiet simple evening at home with Martha. » http://goo.gl/3pVLfr

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