Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

before the revolution they were in the habit of coming often, & in great numbers to the seat of our government, where I was very much with them. I knew much the great Outassetè, the warrior and orator of the Cherokees. he was always the guest of my father, on his journies to & from Williamsburg. I was in his camp when he made his great farewell oration to his people, the evening before his departure for England. the moon was in full splendor, and to her he seemed to address himself in his prayers for his own safety on the voyage, and that of his people during his absence. his sounding voice, distinct articulation, animated action, and the solemn silence of his people at their several fires, filled me with awe & veneration, altho’ I did not understand a word he uttered.

RC (MHi). PoC (DLC). Published in PTJRS, 5:124.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
John Adams
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Date
June 11, 1812
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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