Extract from Dumas Malone’s Introduction to Jefferson the Virginian

in youthful presumptuousness I flattered myself that sometime I would fully comprehend and encompass him. I do not claim that I have yet done so, and I do not believe that I or any other single person ever can. Nobody can live Jefferson’s long and eventful life all over again, and nobody in our age is likely to match his universality.

Published in Dumas Malone, Jefferson and His Time: Jefferson the Virginian (Boston, New York, 1948), 1:vii.
Date Range
January 1, 1948 to December 31, 1948