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3697. HENRY (Patrick), Brilliant but illogical.—

In ordinary business[in the House
of Burgesses] he was a very inefficient member.
He could not draw a bill on the most
simple subject which would bear legal criticism,
or even the ordinary criticism which looks to
correctness of style and ideas, for indeed there
was no accuracy of idea in his head. His
imagination was copious, poetical, sublime, but
vague also. He said the strongest things in
the finest language, but without logic, without
arrangement, desultorily.—
To William Wirt. Ford ed., ix, 341.
(M. 1812)