The story about Jefferson having mistresses in Paris (this was after the death of his wife) is almost certainly true: he was celebrated in France and moved in the highest social circles and most elite salons
, and many attractive aristocratic women wanted him.
An interesting comment on Sally comes, as you may recall, from Abigail Adams, who met Sally in London as she accompanied Jefferson's daughter to France (sometime after Jefferson). Adams thought she was an immature teen-aged child, hardly able to act effectively as Miss Jefferson's servant. Sally apparently was given the opportunity for some education during her time in Paris. (That would be consistent with her being Jefferson's wife's half-sister). Those who knew her and knew Jefferson at the time found the notion of an affair (alleged by Callendar) risable.
posted on 12/16/2003 12:21:50 PM PST
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The John Adams bio was wonderful and did talk about Hemmings. Abigail apparently read the Calander accusations and said she thought all the slave owning southerners took liberties with slave women. After reading the Adams bio, I got a dislike of Jefferson. Adams seemed like a better man.
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