Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

there is a ripeness of time for death, regarding others as well as ourselves, when it is reasonable we should drop off, and make room for another growth. when we have lived our generation out, we should not wish to encroach on another. I enjoy good health; I am happy in what is around me. yet I assure you I am ripe for leaving all, this year, this day, this hour.

RC (MHi). Published in PTJRS, 10:284–6.
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August 1, 1816
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