september 6, 1782 | death of Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson -
“For four months that she lingered, he was never out of calling; when not at her bedside, he was writing in a small room which opened immediately at the head of her bed.” When she died, Thomas Jefferson’s grief was so violent, he withdrew to his room for three weeks and destroyed any reminders of her; no portrait still exists and just four documents of her writings survived -he carried one of them with him the rest of his life along with a lock of her hair-. He did not mention Martha’s name to anyone again and never married again.
- linearts: [link] (i prefer this version) media: my hands, piece of paper, photoshop
Reminds me a poem I wrote for literature class years ago. One passage floats through my head when I gaze at this: And he whom I love with all my heart and spirit, pray place your head to me and count the beats until the end. For every count is another admission of devotion, every second cherished and shant come again in this lifetime.