Although in the circle of his friends, where he might be unreserved with safety…
Although in the circle of his friends, where he might be unreserved with safety, he took a free share in conversation his colloquial talents were not above mediocrity, possessing neither copiousness of ideas, nor fluency of words. In public, when called on for a sudden opinion, he was unready, short and embarrassed.
Context: Letter to Dr. Walter Jones
Tags: colloquial talents, copiousness of ideas, fluency of words, free share in conversation, not above mediocrity