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John Adams diary 23, 22 [i.e. 23] September - 25 October 1775 [electronic edition]
... our Ships and Seamen. We have nothing to fear but Disunion among ourselves. What will disunite us, more than the Decay of all Business. The People will feel, and will say that Congress tax them and oppress them worse than Parliament. Ammunition cannot be had unless We open our Trade Ports. I am for doing away our Non Exportation Agreement entirely. I see many Advantages in leaving open the ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 January 1782, "I hope . . ." [electronic edition]
... cannot tell you any News -- there are great questions upon the Tapis here, but how they will be decided, I know not. -- This Rep. Republic is a Jilt. When you think you have her Affections, all at once you find you have been deceived.There is not so much as a Talk of a general Peace, nor is there any one who believes in a separate Peace bet. between England and Holland.Take Care of the War of ...
John Adams diary 16, 10 January 1771 - 28 [i.e. 27] November 1772 [electronic edition]
... Subscriptions of some other Gentlemen We have a very hansome and convenient House of it at last. -- But what has happened to the Vane, Mr. Morehead, it dont traverse, it has pointed the same Way these 3 Weeks. -- Ay I did not know it, I'l see about it. -- Away goes Morehead, storming among his Parish, and the Tradesmen, who had built the Steeple, for fastening the Vane so that it could not move. The ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 February 1783, "I read in a great Writer...," letterbook copy [electronic edition]
... forthwith instilled in London. But I think the British Court will be duped by the French and will entertain that dread of me, which neither ought to entertain, but which France will inspire because She thinks I should be impartial -- so that I expect some bodyBooby will be sent, in Complaisance to two silly Courts, upon that most important of all Services. If Heaven has so decreed, I must submit ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 30 June 1774, "I have nothing to do here..." [electronic edition]
... through it. The Weather has been inexpressibly fine all this Week. The Air is as clear, as bright, as springy, as you can conceive. Braintree Air is thick and unelastic in Comparison of this. What then is that of Boston? I regret that I cannot have the Pleasure of enjoying this fine Weather, with my Family, and upon my farm. -- Oh, how often am I there! I have but a dull Prospect before me. I ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 18 February 1783, "I am determined..." [electronic edition]
... Paris Feb. 18. 1783 My dearest Friend I am determined not to wait for an Acceptance of my Resignation, but to come home without it, provided it does not arrive in a reasonable Time. Dont think therefore of coming to Europe. If you do We Shall cross each other, and I shall arrive in America about the Same time that you may arrive in Europe. I Shall certainly return home in ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 25 December 1786, "I hope . . ." [electronic edition]
... Grosvenor Square Christmas Day 25 December 1786 My dearest Friend I hope you have had a Pleasant Journey and are happy in your tour. I am, in a State of Phylosophic Solitude, that has hitherto been very tolerable, because I know my Treasures are not far off. But, as soon as the Novelty of it, wears off, and my occupation shall cease it will grow tedious enough. Dont hurry ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 29 [i.e. 20] November 1779 [electronic edition]
... the Romulus and Virginia, and I hope have little to fear, from the Ennemy. We have had one storm which made Us all sea sick, but brought Us on well in our Course. I wish I could write to you these two Hours, but Time fails. Ships cannot wait for each other at sea. My Love to Nabby and Thommy. Tell them, to mind their studies. Tell Nabby, tho she has lost her french Master for some time, I ...
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 23 December 1796, "I received by the last post..." [electronic edition]
... speaks of it, but what seem to commisirate the station and to be fully sensible of its dangers and perplexitys. I inclose to you an Aurelias, the reputed Author Young Gardner of Milton. It is certain that he corrected the press and does not deny the peice. I can not but Suspect however that he has consented to Father it for some other person. Tell Mrs. Otis that her Friends here are well, but ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 February 1783, "Dryden, whom I have always loved to read...," letterbook copy [electronic edition]
... Patriots, under whom We see their Country flourish. I have laughed sometimes, when I have reflected on those Men, who from time to time have shot themselves into the World. I have seen many successions of them; some bolting out upon the Stage with vast applause, and others hissed off, and quitting it with disgrace. But while they were in Action, I have constantly observed, that they seemed ...

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