Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

but our machines have now been running for 70. or 80. years, and we must expect that, worn as they are, here a pivot, there a wheel, now a pinion, next a spring, will be giving way: and however we may tinker them up for awhile, all will at length surcease motion.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers). PoC (DLC). Published in PTRJS, 7:451.
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July 5, 1814
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