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.
Author
George Ticknor
Recipient
Elisha Ticknor
Date Range
Date
February 4, 1815 to February 7, 1815
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Repository
Ticknor, Life, Letters, and Journals of George Ticknor