The ever-cranky John Adams describes the so-called “talents” of George Washington in this 1807 letter to Benjamin Rush. According to Adams, Washington’s success was based on his:
“An handsome Face”
a “tall Stature”
“an Elegant Form”
“graceful Attitudes and Movement”
“a large imposing Fortune”
Eventually Adams admitted that Washington had “the Gift of Silence” and “great Self-Command.”
Read more about this letter at The Vault.
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