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Conditions at home were hard. At one point she didn’t hear from John for nearly a year. ” She also resumed her correspondence with Lovell. The letters never led to anything more serious. Money was a constant source of worry. She didn’t have much income. John frequently sent her gifts from Europe. She had to sell them to make ends meet. Most of all, she missed his physical presence. At Christmastime in 1780, she wrote, “Separated by a cruel destiny, I feel the pangs of absence sometimes too sensibly for my own repose.

After leaving public office, Jefferson retired to Monticello and devoted himself to farming. He also planned the University of Virginia, which opened in 1825. Today the school is regarded as one of the best public universities in the world. Thomas Jefferson died in the early afternoon of July 4, 1826. It was the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the document he was largely responsible for crafting, the Declaration of Independence. indd 33 11/29/07 2:03:38 PM An engraving of Abigail Adams, taken from her official portrait, which was painted while she was First Lady.

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