By Phyllis Lee Levin
Wife of 1 president and mom of one other, Abigail Adams was once a unprecedented lady dwelling at a unprecedented time in American background. A tireless letter author and diarist, her penetrating and sometimes caustic impressions of lots of the significant people of her day—including Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and King George III, between others—provide the most effective first-hand debts of the yankee Revolution. This biography, researched and written over a fourteen-year interval, is an interesting portrait of a super lady on the middle of the founding of the yankee republic.
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16 At his father’s death, the previous spring, John had inherited his parents’ house and barn, ten acres of adjoining land, and thirty acres of neighboring orchard, pasture, and woodland. Also there was the understanding that his father wished that he would “never forget this nation, but … stand by the Law, the Constitution, and the real Welfare and Freedom of this Nation vs. ”17 Though Abigail insisted that she and John were both cast in the same mold, it was John who was emphatic about the differences in their heritage.
He abruptly concluded the negative. ” 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.
For frequently mentioned but unspecified reasons of health, John was determined to “hazard the experiment” of leaving native ground. He declined election as one of Braintree’s selectmen and moved, with Abigail and their two children, into the rented White House, as it was called, in Brattle Square. John considered it a good omen that its former owner had lived there for many years. 1 On October 1, 1768, in official obedience to His Majesty’s commands, regiments of redcoats had disembarked from the Long Wharf and from Wheelwright’s Wharf, which jutted out into Boston’s vulnerable harbor, to march their way uphill to King Street, and over to the once-innocent grassy Common.
Abigail Adams. A Biography by Phyllis Lee Levin