Extract from George Ticknor’s Account of a Visit to Monticello

The evening passed away pleasantly in general conversation, of which Mr. Jefferson was necessarily the leader. I shall probably surprise you by saying that, in conversation, he reminded me of Dr. Freeman. He has the same discursive manner and love of paradox, with the same appearance of sobriety and cool reason. He seems equally fond of American antiquities, and especially the antiquities of his native State, and talks of them with freedom and, I suppose, accuracy.

Published in George S. Hillard, ed., Life, Letters, and Journals of George Ticknor (1876), 1:34–8, where it is described as part of a letter to the author’s father, Elisha Ticknor, dated Charlottesville, 7 Feb. 1815. Published in PTJRS, 8:239.
George Ticknor
Date Range
February 4, 1815 to February 7, 1815
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Ticknor, Life, Letters, and Journals of George Ticknor (Boston, 1876) 1:34-8