In his elder years John Adams and Thomas Jefferson rekindled their friendship. They carried on a correspondence that covered every known topic. They were both very learned gentlemen and together they had accomplished more than anyone could have expected. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence without books or reference materials. John Adams carried the day at the convention by his forceful power of speaking.
They continued their association in letters and wished they could actually spend some quality time together, but never were able to. John Adams’ wisdom on this friendship is contained in these words of his: “Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”
And that’s just what these two old minds did!