Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Henry Dearborn

I am happy to hear of his good health. I think he will outlive us all, I mean the Declaration-men, altho’ our senior since the death of Colo Floyd. it is a race in which I have no ambition to win. man, like the fruit he eats, has his period of ripeness. like that too, if he continues longer hanging to the stem, it is but as an useless and unsightly appendage.

RC (TxDaHCL). PoC (DLC). Tr (ViU: TJP).