The true greatness of Mr. Jefferson was his fitness for revolution. He was the genius of innovation, the architect of ruin, the inaugurator of anarchy.
…The annals of revolutionary Virginia were illustrated by three great and useful men. The mighty mind of Jefferson, fitted to pull down; the plastic hand of Madison to build up; and the powerful arm of Washington to defend, sustain, and conserve.
To put the above quotes in context we should remember that Fitzhugh considers American independence from London as a natural and conservative action. He likens the colonies to mature adults leaving home and striking out to establish their own lives. But he believes that Enlightenment-inspired philosophers such as Jefferson hijacked the revolution with their talk of universal equality and the “rights of men” and endangered everything with their radical rhetoric. He sees Jefferson as a genius but someone who attacked the foundations of society and civilization.
Also see: Jefferson wasn’t right (part I)