I knew General Washington…

21 Apr

"Jefferson" by Pamela Patrick White

“I felt on his death, with my countrymen, that verily a great man hath fallen this day in Israel.” Thomas Jefferson

The Letter: Thomas Jefferson Writes to Dr. Walter Jones on the Character of Washington, January 2, 1814

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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Letters


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  1. williamdbailey

    April 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

    “He was incapable of fear, meeting personal dangers with the calmest unconcern. Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt, but, when once decided, going through with his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed. His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Walter Jones, on George Washington, Monticello, January 2, 1814; “The Writings of Thomas Jefferson,” Definitive Edition, Albert Ellery Bergh, Editor, The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association (1905) Vol. XIV, p. 48


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