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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 21 June 1777 [electronic edition]
... , in such a Degree that nobody here was under any Apprehensions of danger from Hows March. It seemed to be the general Wish that he might persevere in his March that he might meet with certain Destruction. But the poor Wretches have skulked back to Brunswick. -- This is a great Disgrace. It will be considered so in Europe. It is certainly thought so by our People, and it will be felt to be so by their own ...
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 15 - 17 January 1796 [electronic edition]
... the Plimouth Boys will never be forgiven, if their malice was not impotent, they would raise a Rebellion. I feel both pity and contempt for them, As to Jonathan Pindars vice, I had a hearty laugh at it. The poor wretch who was at a misirable Shift, when he could find nothing to ridicule but a poor Cast Wigg, which was a Singularity in no other place than the contracted Span of a few States whose climate ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 February 1783, "Dryden, whom I have always loved to read...," letterbook copy [electronic edition]
... . But they deferred it, and lingered still at Court, because they thought they had not yet enough to make them happy. They would have more, and laid in to make their Solitude luxurious. A wretched Philosophy, which Epicurus never taught them in his Garden: they loved the prospect of this quiet in Reversion, but were not willing to have it in Possession. They would first be old, and made as sure of Health ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 October 1776 [electronic edition]
... to, or diminish from or any Way alter that Constitution, before he can vote, is execrated. We live in the Age of political Experiments. Among many that will fail some, I hope will succeed. -- But Pensilvania will be divided and weakend, and rendered much less vigorous in the Cause, by the wretched Ideas of Government, which prevail, in the Minds of many People in it. ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 19 January 1777 [electronic edition]
... Sighs and Groans, among my Constituents to one here. I shall never have done hoping that my Countrymen will contrive some Coup de main, for the Wretches at Newport. The Winter is the Time. Our Enemies have divided their Force. Let Us take Advantage of it. ...
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 27 November 1796 [electronic edition]
... a President from the French Nation. What is to be our Fate? to accept the Presidency with such an opposition, and to know that one is rushing upon the thick bosses of the Bachelor requires the firmest mind and the greatest intripidity. Heaven direct all for the best. You will see by the Centinal that poor Samuel has no opinion of his own. The House and Senate have however been firm. Inclosed ...
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 27 August 1777 [electronic edition]
... . The fruit this Season is very poor and very little of it. Our Good unkle says he never tastes a drop of cider but he thinks of you, and wishes you could partake with him. The Season is fine for grain and grass. We have had nothing like a drought this Summer. How much pleasure would you have taken in rambling over your meddows and Feilds. I endure with more patience this long and tedious absence ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 May 1780 [electronic edition]
... . It is a Bedlam for the Mad, a Prison for Felons, an hospital for the Poor, and particularly for the most abandoned and decayed Women of the Town. -- What a Collection of Insanity, Criminality, and Misery! -- It is impossible for me to find time to describe in detail the Things that I saw there. The Objects of Horrour, which are there in such Numbers and such Variety of sorts, would be too painfull ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 26 January 1796 [electronic edition]
... Philadelphia January 26. 1796 Yesterday I came to Senate as usual on a monday morning pleasing my Imagination and my heart with the hope and reputation of a Letter from -- my dearest Friend. No Letter for The Vice President says Mothers! All Day in bad humour -- dirty Weather -- wet walking -nothing good -- nothing right. The poor Post offices did not escape -- it was Some ...
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 25 October 1775 [electronic edition]
... is very ill, and the Doctor thinks threatned with a fever. I have little respite from trouble --"Life is a poor play." Sister Betsy too is very unwell. It continus very sickly in Weymouth. All sorts of fevers, throat distemper and dysenterys prevail. In this Town it has abated. I have an invitation to dine to morrow with Dr. Franklin, Mr. Bodwin,Dr. Cooper and Lady at Coll. Quincys. If my ...

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