The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson
WASHINGTON, GEORGE / HEALTH
The President is not well. Little lingering fevers have been hanging
about him for a week or ten days, and affected his looks most
remarkably. He is also extremely affected by the attacks made and kept
up on him in the public papers. I think he feels those things more
than any person I ever yet met with. I am sincerely sorry to see them.
I remember an observation of yours, made when I first went to New
York, that the satellites and sycophants which surrounded him had
wound up the ceremonials of the government to a pitch of stateliness
which nothing but his personal character could have supported, and
which no character after him could ever maintain.
to James Madison, 9 June 1793