THE notes of Mr. Jefferson's conversation, referred to on page 226 of this volume, are given by the lady who wrote them, with the following explanation:
"These are notes about a visit of three or four days to Mr. Jefferson, in December, 1824. They were written down, on the very evening on which we left Monticello, at a little tavern kept by a Mrs. Clarke, where we stopped for the night, early in the afternoon, because it was the only tolerable inn within our reach. We had therefore a long winter evening before us, and we got rid of it by making these notes, which are here copied with care, and without a change of any sort, from the identical manuscript in which they were originally recorded, chiefly by Mrs. Ticknor, under the dictation of Mr. Webster and Mr. Ticknor. As far as what relates exclusively to Mr. Jefferson, his appearance and conversation, the work is Mr. Webster's. The rest was a sort of joint-stock contribution."
BOSTON, May 1, 1869.
MR. JEFFERSON is now between eighty-one and eighty-two, above six feet high, of an ample bony frame, rather thin and spare. His head, which is not peculiar in its shape, is set rather forward on his shoulders, and, his neck being long, there is, when he is conversing or walking, an habitual protrusion of it. His head is still well covered with hair, which, having been once red, and now turning white, is of an indistinct light sandy color. His eyes are small, very light, and now neither brilliant nor striking. His chin is rather long, not sharp; his nose small, regular in its outline, with the nostrils a little elevated. His mouth well formed, and still well filled with teeth, generally strongly compressed, bearing an expression of con-