Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Brown
|Monticello Apr. 28. 14.|
one of the misfortunes of living too long is the loss of all one’s early friends and affections. when I review the ground over which I have passed since my youth, I see it strewed like a field of battle with the bodies of deceased friends. I stand like a solitary tree in a field, it’s trunk indeed erect, but it’s limbs fallen off, and it’s neighboring plants eradicated from around it.
April 28, 1814