A lifetime friendship
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Thomas Jefferson and James Madison met in 1776. Could it have been any other year? They worked together starting then to further American Revolution and later to shape the new scheme of government. From the work sprang a friendship perhaps incomparable in intimacy1 and the trustfulness of collaboration2 and induration. It lasted 50 years. It included pleasure and utility but over and above them, there were shared purpose, a common end and an enduring goodness on both sides. Four and a half months before he died, when he was ailing3, debt-ridden, and worried about his impoverished4 family, Jefferson wrote to his longtime friend. His words and Madison's reply remind us that friends are friends until death. They also remind us that sometimes a friendship has a bearing on things larger than the friendship itself, for has there ever been a friendship of greater public consequence than this one?
"The friendship which has subsisted5 between us now half a century, the harmony of our po1itical principles and pursuits have been sources of constant happiness to me through that long period. If ever the earth has beheld6 a system of administration conducted with a single and steadfast7 eye to the general interest and happiness of those committed to it, one which, protected by truth, can never known reproach, it is that to which our lives have been devoted8. To myself you have been a pillar of support throughout life. Take care of me when dead and be assured that I should leave with you my last affections."
A week later Madison replied-
"You cannot look back to the long period of our private friendship and political harmony with more affecting recollections than I do. If they are a source of pleasure to you, what aren’t they not to be to me? We cannot be deprived of the happy consciousness of the pure devotion to the public good with Which we discharge the trust committed to us and I indulge a confidence that sufficient evidence will find in its way to another generation to ensure, after we are gone, whatever of justice may be withheld9 whilst we are here. "


1 intimacy z4Vxx     
  • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他聲稱自己與總統關系密切,這有點言過其實。
  • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有個關于親密的規則。
2 collaboration bW7yD     
  • The two companies are working in close collaboration each other.這兩家公司密切合作。
  • He was shot for collaboration with the enemy.他因通敵而被槍斃了。
3 ailing XzzzbA     
  • They discussed the problems ailing the steel industry. 他們討論了困擾鋼鐵工業的問題。
  • She looked after her ailing father. 她照顧有病的父親。
4 impoverished 1qnzcL     
adj.窮困的,無力的,用盡了的v.使(某人)貧窮( impoverish的過去式和過去分詞 );使(某物)貧瘠或惡化
  • the impoverished areas of the city 這個城市的貧民區
  • They were impoverished by a prolonged spell of unemployment. 他們因長期失業而一貧如洗。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
5 subsisted d36c0632da7a5cceb815e51e7c5d4aa2     
v.(靠很少的錢或食物)維持生活,生存下去( subsist的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • Before liberation he subsisted on wild potatoes. 解放前他靠吃野薯度日。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • Survivors of the air crash subsisted on wild fruits. 空難事件的幸存者以野果維持生命。 來自辭典例句
6 beheld beheld     
v.看,注視( behold的過去式和過去分詞 );瞧;看呀;(敘述中用于引出某人意外的出現)哎喲
  • His eyes had never beheld such opulence. 他從未見過這樣的財富。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The soul beheld its features in the mirror of the passing moment. 靈魂在逝去的瞬間的鏡子中看到了自己的模樣。 來自英漢文學 - 紅字
7 steadfast 2utw7     
  • Her steadfast belief never left her for one moment.她堅定的信仰從未動搖過。
  • He succeeded in his studies by dint of steadfast application.由于堅持不懈的努力他獲得了學業上的成功。
8 devoted xu9zka     
  • He devoted his life to the educational cause of the motherland.他為祖國的教育事業貢獻了一生。
  • We devoted a lengthy and full discussion to this topic.我們對這個題目進行了長時間的充分討論。
9 withheld f9d7381abd94e53d1fbd8a4e53915ec8     
  • I withheld payment until they had fulfilled the contract. 他們履行合同后,我才付款。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • There was no school play because the principal withheld his consent. 由于校長沒同意,學校里沒有舉行比賽。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
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