The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson
ADAMS, JOHN / A PERSONAL THOUGHT
Of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, I see now living
not more than half a dozen on your side of the Potomac, and on this
side, myself alone. You and I have been wonderfully spared, and myself
with remarkable health, and a considerable activity of body and mind.
I am on horseback three or four hours of every day; visit three or
four times a year a possession I have ninety miles distant, performing
the winter journey on horseback.
to John Adams, 21 January 1812