By Phyllis Lee Levin
Wife of 1 president and mom of one other, Abigail Adams used to be a rare lady residing at a rare time in American heritage. A tireless letter author and diarist, her penetrating and sometimes caustic impressions of many of the significant folks of her day—including Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and King George III, between others—provide the best first-hand money owed of the yank Revolution. This biography, researched and written over a fourteen-year interval, is an engaging portrait of a super girl on the heart of the founding of the yank republic.
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His father, John Adams, a cordwainer, was, in family tradition, a constable, tithingman, ensign in the militia, selectman, and church deacon. His younger brothers were Peter Boylston, whom John spoke of as neighbor and friend, and Elihu, a captain in a company of militia stationed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who would die of dysentery the summer of 1775. 19 While he pitied his mother, was even angered by her, he also credited her with teaching him to read and with supervising his education. As an athletic child, he had loved to ice skate, wrestle, and swim, to sail boats and fly kites, and had wanted to be a farmer.
Contents Title Page Copyright Notice Dedication Epigraph Family Trees Preface PART ONE 1. In Youth the Mind Is Like a Tender Twig 2. Mountains Arise to Hinder Me 3. An “Eaqual” Share of Curiosity 4. The Die Is Cast 5. Ten Thousand Difficulties 6. To Rob Me of All My Happiness 7. A Call So Honorable 8. This Cruel State of Separation PART TWO 9. A Mere American 10. As Happy as a Lord 11. À la Mode de Paris 12. A Degree of Tristeness 13. In Public Character 14. Circumstances and Connections Respectable 15.
His superficial judgment would probably not have surprised the sisters. Certainly the youngest, Elizabeth, was aware of their shortcomings. Years of discipline had inhibited any genuine display of emotion. ”14 * * * Two years later, John’s opinion of Abigail had altered almost miraculously. On December 30, 1761, John wrote to Mary, asking her to deliver a prophetic though cryptic message to Abigail, referred to therein as Mrs. Nabby. “My—I don’t know what to Mrs. Nabby. ”15 John’s teasing about Abigail’s loyalty to the Crown belied the gravity of John’s sentiments.