and affection by your sincere friend, George Washington
There remains another Virginian, the symbol of the Revolutionary age, the author of words more widely known around the globe than any other words penned by an American.
,” writes the latest of his successors in the Presidency, “was not a man of the people, but he was a man of such singular insight that he saw that all the roots of generous power come from thepeople.”
On his father's side Jefferson
came from sound yeoman stock, in which Welsh
blood ran. His mother was a Virginia Randolph
Born in Albemarle County
, near the “little mountain” --Monticello
-where he built a mansion for his bride and where he lies buried, the tall, strong, red-haired, grayeyed, gifted boy was reputed the best shot, the best rider, the best fiddle-player in the county.
He studied hard at William and Mary
over his Greek
, Latin, French
, and Spanish, but he also frequented the best society of the little capital.
He learned to call himself a Deist and to theorize about ideal commonwealths.
There was already in him that latent radicalism which made him strike down, as soon as he had the power, two of the fundamental principles of the society into which he