The following quote is from a letter to William Wirt (later U.S. Attorney General) on his draft book Sketches of the Life of Patrick Henry:

“It constitutes, perhaps, the distinction between panegyric and history.’”  (emphasis added)
– Thomas Jefferson

[Source: D. Malone, The Sage of Monticello (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1981), p. 228.]

Definition from  n. a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.

This post is part of a series, in which I look up words from my reading.  These entries include foreign phrases, archaic and technical terms, and words for which my understanding is too approximate for my liking.

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