Extract from George Ticknor’s Account of a Visit to Monticello

Perhaps the most curious single specimen—or, at least, the most characteristic of the man and expressive of his hatred of royalty—was a collection which he had bound up in six volumes, and lettered “The Book of Kings,” consisting of the “Memoires de la Princesse de Bareith,” two volumes; “Les Memoires de la Comtesse de la Motte,” two volumes; the “Trial of the Duke of York,” one volume; and “The Book,” one volume. These documents of regal scandal seemed to be favorites with the philosopher, who pointed them out to me with a satisfaction somewhat inconsistent with the measured gravity he claims in relation to such subjects generally.

Published in George S. Hillard, ed., Life, Letters, and Journals of George Ticknor (1876), 1:34–8. Published in PTJRS, 8:238–43.
George Ticknor
Elisha Ticknor
Date Range
February 4, 1815 to February 7, 1815
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Ticknor, Life, Letters, and Journals of George Ticknor