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William Burwell (1806) Engraving by Charles Febvret de Saint-Mémin

William Burwell (1806)

Engraving by Charles Febvret de Saint-Mémin

4. William Armistead Burwell, Jefferson’s Private Secretary, in His Diary, writes a slightly different account:

Mr. J[efferson] appeared delighted with H[umboldt]& said he was the most scientific man of his age he had ever seen, one morning when we assembled at Breakfast, Mr. J[efferson] entered with an Extract from a Newspaper filled with the greatest personal abuse of himself, he presented it to the Baron, with a request he would deposit in a Museum in Europe to show how little mischief flowed from the freedom of the Press when that notwithstanding innumerable pieces of similar nature issued daily from the Press his Administration has never been more popular. I think it probable the B[aron] complied with his request. . .
(Friis, “Visit,” p. 35; Friis, “Besuch” p. 181)

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