came to see me again this morning, and sent me Mazzei's Memoirs of himself and a quantity of letters and papers from Franklin, Jefferson, the King of Poland,—Stanislaus, —whose Charge d'affaires he was at Paris, Abbe Mably, John Adams, etc. It all looked very curious, some of it quite piquant; but I could only read a little, for it is a large folio volume of about four hundred closely written pages.
What I did read, however, gave me the impression that Mazzei was a mere adventurer.
Mr. G. T. Curtis, in recalling facts about his uncle, illustrating the retentiveness of his memory, says, I was sitting with Mr. Ticknor one day in his library, about a year before his death, when he was rather feeble in health.
That eminent lawyer, Mr. Sidney Bartlett, came in, and happened to mention that he had just had occasion to give a professional opinion on the title to the estate of Monticello, formerly Jefferson's, and he repeated the names of some of the places in the neighborhood.