This account should be taken with a grain of salt.
Knyvett received a fine tribute from Roosevelt, who called him a "Modern Galahad".
"No man", he wrote in the Independent, "could look at his face and not see that he combined, as few men do, the daring and the iron courage of the born fighter,
with the singularly gentle and lofty idealism, the same intensity of spirit which made him so formidable a foe in personal combat, also made him one of the most
convincing and effective speakers who ever stirred to action souls that had been but half awake."