Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Maria Hadfield (Mrs. Richard) Cosway
|Monticello Dec. 27. 20.|
mine is the next turn, and I shall meet it with good will. for after one’s friends are all gone before them, and our faculties leaving us too, one by one, why wish to linger in mere vegetation? as a solitary trunk in a desolate field, from which all it’s former companions have disappeared?