Extract about Thomas Jefferson, by the Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

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.

Published in François Alexandre, duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, Travels through the United States of North America, the Country of the Iroquois, and Upper Canada, in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797 (2d ed., London, 1800), 3:157.

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).

Author
Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt
Date Range
Date
June 22, 1796 to June 29, 1796
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Repository
Travels through the United States of North America, the Country of the Iroquois, and Upper Canada