Extract from Francis W. Gilmer to William Wirt

of all the persons I have known, Mr. Jefferson appears to owe most to the manner of his intercourse with mankind, there is nothing more fascinating about him than the appearance of perfect candour. He is much more of a courtier than I can ever be, with every aspect of the most unconcerned openness. Nothing is so well calculated to impart a commanding manner to one as that extensive intercourse with the world & constant management of important business which he has had.

RC (Vi: Francis Walker Gilmer Papers, Acc. 18763).
Francis W. Gilmer
William Wirt
Date Range
March 28, 1817
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson