John Adams on George Washington’s "Talents"

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.