John Adams (1735-1826) and Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818) were a couple that supported each other intellectually and emotionally throughout their long married life together. Throughout John’s long absences, first with the Continental Congress and then as ambassador to France and the Netherlands, they kept up an astonishing correspondence exchanging over 1,100 letters, beginning during their courtship in 1762 and continuing throughout John’s political career (until 1801). These warm and informative letters include John’s descriptions of the Continental Congress and his impressions of Europe while he served in various diplomatic roles, as well as Abigail’s updates about their family, farm, and news of the Revolution’s impact on the Boston area.
Some of this correspondence is archived and published here at the Massachusetts Historical Society website. We will attempt to do this subject some justice. Thanks to Julie Bellam of Pennsylvania for reading Abigal’s letter.
In this letter, Abigal tells John about an excursion on a continental brig, and John mentions an upcoming Declaration that will be a major event in his life.
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