It would seem on the authority of Mrs. Randolph, the great-granddaughter of
Mr. Jefferson, in her work, "The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson," that
the President rode "the magnificent Wildair" to the capitol, and hitched to
the palisades while he went in to deliver his inaugural. The truth of the
incident, however, is not established.
In Jefferson's diary we have this entry:
Feb'y 3, 1801, Rec'd from Col. John Hoomes of the Bowling Green a bay horse
Wildair, 7 yr. old, 16 hands high, for which I am to pay him 300 D May 1.
There were no pavements, sidewalks nor railroads then in Washington. There
were not even wagon roads. There was no getting about, therefore, for
either men or women without horses.