The Life and Times of Thomas Jefferson

The Life and Times of Thomas Jefferson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...pain, and he never recovered the full use of the hand. Thus writing became very laborious to him, and much of it from that time was done with his left hand. Mr. Jefferson states that he continued his violin practise up to the breaking out of the Revolution. His biographer Henry S. Randall thinks he did not entirely quit fiddling until this fracture of his wrist. In spite of Mr. Jefferson's positive statement that he " never took up " his violin after the Revolution broke out, Mr. Randall carries him on to the accident in France, but positively puts an end to it then. In defiance of both Jefferson and Randall, Mr. William Eleroy Curtis keeps Jefferson fiddling with his stiff wrist all through his term of Secretary of State, and holds him to it even while he is President. A most remarkable composer of true biographies is Mr. Curtis, to be sure! Perhaps it was while Jefferson was playing with a stiff wrist that he made the reputation which Mr. Curtis said he had--of being the sorriest fiddler in Virginia. CHAPTER XXVIII THE FRENCH REVOLUTION The learned Parisian doctors advised the sufferer to drink the waters of Aix. Mr. Jefferson was himself something of a surgeon--could set a broken limb and tie up an artery--and we can not but think he wished to travel for the sake of traveling, else he would not have gone to such a distance to drink water for a bruised wrist. Whatever his motive, he set forth upon his travels, drank water at Aix for a while, derived no benefit therefrom, and resumed his light wines as he continued his journey. The diary in which he recorded his experience indicates that he was not one of those who go about merely to look at houses and trees, rivers and mountains. He studied the people. He wanted to know how they lived, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666843X
  • 9781236668431