The Legend of Sleepy Monticello


3 August 2006, 12.09 CET

William Wirt on (then-President) Thomas Jefferson:
“The . . . of the United States is in his person tall, meagre, emaciated; his muscles relaxed, and his joints so loosely connected as not only to disqualify him, apparently, for any vigorous exertion of body, but to destroy anything like elegance and harmony in his air and movement.”