Extract about Thomas Jefferson, by the Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt
|[22–29 June 1796]|
In private life Mr. Jefferson displays a mild, easy and obliging temper, though he is somewhat cold and reserved. His conversation is of the most agreeable kind, and he possesses a stock of information not inferior to that of any other man.
La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt arrived at Monticello on 22 June 1796, bearing letters of introduction from William Branch Giles and James Madison, and remained for a week. He came uninvited by TJ, who had earlier remarked to Madison that he had little interest in “renewing a slight acquaintance, never valued.” (TJ to Madison, 3 Dec. 1795; Giles to TJ, 20 Mar. 1796; Madison to TJ, 21 Mar. 1796; TJ to Archibald Stuart, 29 June 1796).