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Recollections of Patrick Henry

From: Jefferson Papers | Retirement Series | Volume 4 | Recollections of Patrick Henry

1Editorial Note (Jefferson Papers)
In the summer of 1805 William Wirt asked Jefferson to supply him with information for a prospective work on the famed Virginia revolutionary Patrick Henry . In his reply Jefferson agreed to help but warned that his evaluation of his onetime friend and later political adversary would bear a “mixed aspect.” Although he regarded Henry as “the best humored man in society I almost ever knew, and...
M r Livingston’s suit having gone off on the plea to the jurisdiction, it’s foundation remains of course unexplained to the public. I have therefore concluded to make it public thro’ the ordinary channel of the press. an earlier expectation of the pamphlets and the desire to send you one has delayed, from post to post, my sooner acknoleging your kind aid in this case, and praying your...
My acquaintance with mr Henry commenced in the winter of 1759–60. on my way to the college I passed the Christmas holidays at Col o Dandridge’s in Hanover , to whom mr Henry was a near neighbor. during the festivity of the season I met him in society every day, and we became well acquainted, altho’ I was much his junior, being then in my 17 th year, & he a married man. the spring following he...