Jefferson once wrote a friend, “All my wishes end, where I hope my days will end, at Monticello.” After seventeen years of retirement, dwelling “in the midst” of his grandchildren, with his books and his farm, Jefferson’s days did end at Monticello, on July 4, 1826. Jefferson died, perhaps appropriately, on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On June 24, 1826, Jefferson’s physician was called to his bedside because of an illness, and his condition worsened until he lost consciousness on July 2. From then on, Jefferson slept fitfully, waking only to inquire whether it were yet the Fourth of July. Around noon on the fourth — the Jubilee of Independence — Jefferson died in bed at the age of eighty-three. Coincidentally, his friend, colleague, and co-signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, died just hours later that day.
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