Extract from James Fenimore Cooper

Passed the day in reading Jefferson’s letters. I cannot say but the perusal of this book has elevated the man in my estimation. He discovers an equanimity of temper, and a philosophical tone of mind, that are admirable. Some of his remarks are of the first order, and nothing can be better than his diplomatic language; frank, courteous, and reasoning.

Published in James Franklin Beard, ed., The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1960-1968), 2:31.
James Fenimore Cooper
Date Range
September 24, 1830
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson