The Life of Thomas Jefferson (Volume 1)

9780217800679: The Life of Thomas Jefferson (Volume 1)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... his naturally fiery and haughty temper seems to have been roused to a pitch resembling the phrensy of intoxication. In the expressive language of Girardin, "he held the torch of the incendiary rather than the sword of the soldier." Even the bearing of the gentleman and British officer seems to have habitually given place to undignified insolence and puerile gasconade.1 It is worthy of remark that immediately after the death of his superior, Arnold attempted to open a communication with Lafayette by dispatching a letter to him (in regard to prisoners) by a flag. The latter refused to receive any communication from him, but offered to receive a letter from any other British officer.1 Two days after, Arnold sent back a flag from General Nelson, with its dispatches unopened on the ground that Nelson was not Commander-in-chief, and he threatened that " all the officers and soldiers " of the American army should be sent to the West Indies, unless a cartel for the exchange of prisoners was " immediately granted," " as General Arnold had repeatedly demanded."1 But before any measures of this kind were 330 The Governob's Decisive Aotiok. chap. n. 1 He showed as much insolence to Baron Stenben and Gov. Jefferson as to Lafayette. An incident between him and the Governor--whose kindness to him and his fellow prisoners at Charlotteaville had formerly been so strongly acknowledged--deserves relating. The Governor applied to him to supply an omission in the necessary formulas of a passport for a vessel to carry supplies to the American prisoners at Charleston. Phillips addressed his answer " to Thomas Jefferson, Esq., American Governor of Virginia. The latter paused before opening a letter bearing on its outside an intended disrespect to his official position,...

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