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4104. JEFFERSON (Thomas), Mrs. Jefferson's death.—

Your letter found me a
little emerging from the stupor of mind
which had rendered me as dead to the world
as she whose loss occasioned it. * * * Before that event my scheme of life had been
determined. I had folded myself in the arms
of retirement, and rested all prospects of
future happiness on domestic and literary objects.
A single event wiped away all my
plans and left me a blank which I had not the
spirits to fill up. In this state of mind an
appointment from Congress[mission to
France] found me, requiring me to cross the
To Chevalier de Chastellux. Washington ed. i, 322. Ford ed., iii, 64.
(A. Nov. 1782)