George Bancroft, in glowing words, speaks of this great creation of the
genius of Jefferson:
"This immortal State paper, which for its composer was the aurora of
enduring fame, was 'the genuine effusion of the soul of the country at that
"It was the revelation of its mind, when, in its youth, its enthusiasm, its
sublime confronting of danger, it rose to the highest creative powers of
which man is capable."—Bancroft's U S., vol. 8, ch. 70.