Very loud, very fast, and altogether

This is how John Adams, the second president of the United States, described New Yorkers when he passed through town on his way to the First Continental Congress in 1774:

“They talk very loud, very fast, and altogether. If they ask you a question, before you can utter three words of your answer, they will break out upon you again—and talk away.”

Clearly, some things never change.

(Quoted by David McCullough in John Adams, page 25.)

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