The following sentences reports on Thomas Jefferson’s comment on a draft book by William Wirt (later U.S. Attorney General), titled Sketches of the Life of Patrick Henry:

They would appeal to the young, [Jefferson] said, but would be better liked by the old if some of their excrescences were removed. (emphasis added)

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

Definition from Dictionary.com:  n. an  abnormal  outgrowth,  usually  harmless,  on  an  animal  or  vegetable  body.

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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