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Time wastes too fast... by nami64 Time wastes too fast... by nami64
so why this title? let me explain (if you don't cry, you have no soul):
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Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha, enjoyed reading together “Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne.
As Martha lay dying in their bed at just 33, she began writing a passage from the book but too weak, Thomas finished it, transforming the passage into a final dialogue between husband and wife:

[written by Martha] Time wastes too fast: every letter I trace tells me with what rapidity life follows my pen. The days and hours of it are flying over our heads like clouds of windy day, never to return - more every thing presses on -

[written by Thomas] and every time I kiss thy hand to bid adieu, every absence which follows it, are preludes to the eternal separation which we are shortly to make!

It seems like Thomas didn’t have the strength to finish the entire quote: —Heaven have mercy upon us both.

After his wife’s death Jefferson folded the paper with a lock of her hair inside and stashed the cherished memento in a secret drawer beside his bed, where it remained until his death.
Its wear showed that it was opened and refolded often.





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note: i read a lot about Jefferson, i know what happened after her death, what he did but there is one thing i'm sure about: he never recovered totaly from her death and she was the only woman he ever really loved. I KNOW I SHOULD STOP DRAWING THEM BUT I CAN'T!!! LEAVE ME ALOOOOONE!!!
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ArtLover2192 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
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ForeverDrowning Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm sorry that I wasn't able to cry.
that is pretty sad though..
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unknownvizard Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm going to be completely honest with you, this made me cry. >_< I really love your art style and kept staring at it for a good while and then when I read your description I just starting crying! Ugh, they are so perfect!
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Jackskeleton1987 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Artist
C'est très magnifique ceci dessin ;)
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BluejayBandit Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I hate you so so so so so so so very much for making me cry over and over again and yet I CAN'T STOP LOOKING!
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Iranaa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Artist
Are you writing a book or something? Because I want to read it when I see these drawings! They are fantastic!
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Edorenel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg, this moved me so much. :saddummy: And that bit of history... I cried. :tears: So tender, so sad, so moving! That is love right there--pure, genuine love.
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. *sniffle*

:+fav:
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killcheskey Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Wow. This is the like, the 5th or 6th picture of this couple that I've clicked on, and I already felt a pain in my chest reading that.
I love their features. I just love the couple. I admire imagination that goes more towards the past rather than the fantasy style.
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nami64 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
thank you very much :)
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killcheskey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
No, thank you. (:
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DemonicVoodooDoll Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a feeling that they both would appreciate you drawing them. You give them so much life its hard to stop looking at your drawings of these two
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NatsumiKaah Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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This is so beautiful and sad. =/
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SxyTomJefferson Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Your depiction of my great affection for my lovely wife Martha is touching and most accurate. 'Tis a life-smothering blow to lose one's true love too soon, but one must go on though with a heavy heart laden with tears.

Thank you for your lovely imagination.
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nami64 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
no problem mate!
et merci
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Soulfoxii Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist
: (
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HeartbeatOfMoments Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I had no idea about this romance...never really looked into our President's here in the USA like that. But I am a huge lover of love...thanks for introducing me to their romance and their words.
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GhostRidersGirl Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I may do you know what she was sick from? So sad you do their love so beautifully.
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nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
she always have been weak (her health was probably the main preocupation of Thomas Jefferson) and she never recovered from the birth of their last daughther. she died after 4 months of agony.
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GhostRidersGirl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just from the childbirth? Oh my Lord, that poor couple, I hope to see more of your work, its gorgeous. :) Thank you for telling me, I was curious.
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lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful :0
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FollowedMyHeart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
NEVER STOP DRAWING THEM<3
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P-cate Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
beatiful
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah my heart is melting....one of your best and also, that quotation just evokes so many thoughts and memories, hopes and dreams sprinkled by pain and loss. This is incredible, so sentimental and sweet and I am learning so much more of Jefferson's character. I appreciate this knowledge for it is hard to find and often the private lives of our founding fathers are not often touched upon with such tenderness. And I agree with you, although we may find different partners in the many stages of life, I think that certain bonds are not tarnished or changed-he loved her so deeply and shared so many similarities and I believe this is what you really call a soul mate for they were so much apart of each other. Wonderful and so bittersweet, I cannot thank you enough for all your effort and recent dedication towards historical figures.
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Kyuubi-kunX3 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
That's so sweet
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OursIsTheFury Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite historical figures, his and Martha's love story has always broken my heart. And now, their if fan art. Here, take all my feelings, their yours now.
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sollienevina Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
I love this. The unique angle is really eye catching. the white negative space to the left balances it, and even though you can't see his face, you can feel Jefferson's emotion. I also can completely get the desperation, intimacy and love in this moment.
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ILOVEJIMHAWKINS Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So tragic. :( Why is life so cruel?
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So bittersweet. Thanks for sharing. Poor guy! I feel worse for him than for her... being the one left behind is always much harder.
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Francis-Dawson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Can I ask after what text you've been reading about these two? I'd love to pick it up too.
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AmigoNicolas Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   General Artist
que preciosidad!!! que realismo!!!...si esto lo has hehco tu..dios..eres un artistaa!!
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thomas y Martha son un verdare inspiracion :) es solamente un dibujo... pero me encanta que te gusta ! gracias
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AmigoNicolas Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
de nada!! :D
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myteebay Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
So moving. What a gift you have, being able to make this love story come alive for us in the present.
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Ashkanie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
j'adore
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mistyofmyheart Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
keep on! do what you love to do. thank you for sharing with us, stories this beautiful should be told.
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freedomafterlife Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I saw the lineart version minutes after it was posted but I was too moved to say anything. This version combined with the background story has me...speechless
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Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
You're sooo awesome in contrasts!!!
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BleuMune Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish someone would love me with that much passion. I'd be richer than any king let me tell you.

I really like that you draw these two so much.
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Umeko13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I guess I have a soul... TT_TT
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vampirate6 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I love this picture. Keep drawing more of these two. I love it :)
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Soji-chan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my god ,that is such a sad story. You drawing transmit well that ...
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Pangea-Derlatek Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It will sound TOTALLY cliche but this story shows that life can write the most touching scenarios. Hm,why this wasn't made a movie? It would be like The Notebook 2 ;p
And you have captured the scene pretty well, so delicate and intimate <3
shit,and i was so NOT CRYING so far,going to bed and all ;(

[and Jefferson's an elf!]
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judyeve Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I greatly admire your work and love of history. I applaud your courage to draw what YOU WANT!
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iPeony Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Such a tragic, true story... you capture them so well
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SileRois27 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DON"T STOP DRAWING THEM!!!! EVER!!!! :eager:
Those other people don't know what they're saying. I love these pictures and Thomas Jefferson was an amazing Man. Men arn't perfect. They are human and make mistakes. None of us have the right to bash him when we do worse everyday.
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hudsonhpm Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
OMG... so beautiful
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Cuffermix Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Welp, looks like I have a new OTP now. Can't be helped. Might as well give in to it. :)
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nami64 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
excellent :D
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starcrosseddevil Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So beautifly tragic. They loved each other so much and yet everything seemed to go wrong.
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