Extract from Daniel Pierce Thompson’s “A Talk With Jefferson”

Mr. Jefferson—a tall, straight, sandy-complexioned man, wearing a coat of Virginia cloth, surmounting a buff vest and broadcloth pants—advanced with an elastic step and serene countenance, when I was introduced, and greeted with the sweet, winning smile which so peculiarly distinguished him, and which, doubtless, was one of the secrets of his great personal popularity and magnetic power over all whom he would conciliate.

Published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine 26 (1863): 833–5.
Daniel Pierce Thompson
Date Range
June 1, 1821 to July 31, 1821
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Harper's New Monthly Magazine