JEFFERSON'S LAST WORDS
> I need to know Thomas Jefferson's last words. It is difficult to determine what were Jefferson's last words, unlike John Adams, who died later the same day, and whose last words were "Thomas Jefferson still survives." According to Willard Sterne Randall, in his biography, "Thomas Jefferson; A Life," TJ awoke at 4 AM the morning of July 4, 1826, and asked that his family and servants be brought into the room. There are no further words recorded that he spoke. According to B. L. Rayner's "Life of Thomas Jefferson," his last words to his family were: "I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God -- my daughter to my country." All that was heard from him afterwards was a hurried repetition in indistinct and scarcely audible accents, of his favorite ejaculation, "Nunc Dimittas, Domine -- Nunc Dimittas, Domine."
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