However, at that time Patrick seems to have been a young fellow of superabounding health and of inextinguishable spirits, and even in the crisis of his life he was able to deal gayly with its problems.
In that very year, 1759, Thomas Jefferson, then a lad of sixteen, and on his way to the College of William and Mary, happened to spend the Christmas holidays at the house of Colonel Nathan Dandridge, in Hanover, and there first met Patrick Henry.
Long afterward, recalling these days, Jefferson furnished this picture of him: ‘Mr. Henry had, a little before, broken up his store, or rather it had broken him up; but his misfortunes were not to be traced either in his countenance or conduct.’
‘During the festivity of the season I met him in society every day, and we became well acquainted, although I was much his junior…his manners had something of a coarseness in them. His passion was music, dancing, and pleasantry. He excelled in the last, and it attached every one to him.’
From Patrick Henry, by Moses Coit Tyler, 1897