Adams Papers

Poem on deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, 4 July 1826

The Rival chiefs—who all their life

Were striving to be even

In death renew their mutual strife

By struggling to reach heaven—

Two Presidents’ in one short day

Behold this People—weep

Their fun’rals—none object to pay

The last Expence—comes Cheap—

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