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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, "Your Favour of June 17..." [electronic edition]
... Philadelphia July 3. 1776 Your Favour of June 17 dated at Plymouth, was handed me, by yesterdays Post. I was much pleased to find that you had taken a journey to Plymouth, to see your Friends in the long Absence of one whom you may wish to see. The Excursion will be an Amusement, and will serve your Health. How happy would it have made me to have taken this journey with you ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 December 1796, "I received yours of the 14..." [electronic edition]
... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 December 1796, "I received yours of the 14..." [electronic edition] ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 11 June 1795, "I have received yours . . ." [electronic edition]
... Phila June 11. 1795 My Dearest Friend I have received yours of the 10th and a Cordial it was, for I began to be fearful for your health. Louisa is a good Girl for writing such comfortable Accounts from home. I believe the Farm looks well. I am grieved for my Dear Johnny. He must go home with Us for northern Air. My Love to all. When I shall get away from the City is uncertain ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 August 1782, "Your Favour arrived this Day . . ." [electronic edition]
... August 17 1782 My dearest Friend Your Favour of June 17. arrived this Day and gave me, all the tender and melancholly Feelings of which my Heart is susceptible. How shall I express my solicitude for my amiable, my venerable Friend and Brother? This World contains not a wiser or a more virtuous Man. Just now placed in a situation, too where all his great Talents and excellent ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 6 July 1774, "Our J. [Justice] H. [Hutchinson] is eternally giving his Political Hints..." [electronic edition]
... carefully improved to get in my Hay. It is a great Mortification to me that I could not attend every Step of their Progress in mowing, making and carting. I long to see what Burden. But I long more still to see to the procuring more Sea Weed and Marsh Mud and Sand &c. However my Prospect is interrupted again. I shall have no Time. I must prepare for a journey to Philadelphia, a long journey ...
John Adams autobiography, part 3, "Peace," 1779-1780, sheet 16 of 18 [electronic edition]
... Peace France Feb 1780 We lodged at CouéCoué, and in the Night it rained and froze at the same time, until the Roads were become a glare Ice. The Postillions informed Us, it was impossible for their Horses, which in this Country are never frosted, to travel.As this was the second time I travelled this road from Bourdeaux to Paris I shall pass over the remainder of the Journey. On the ...
John Adams autobiography, part 1, "John Adams," through 1776, sheet 44 of 53 [electronic edition]
... fell a Sacrifice at last, not to the Stone but to his own Theory; having caught the violent Cold, which finally choaked him, by sitting for some hours at a Window, with the cool Air blowing upon him. The next Morning We proceeded on our Journey, and the Remainder of this Negotiation, will be related from the Journals of Congress, and from a few familiar Letters, which I wrote to my most ...
John Adams autobiography, part 3, "Peace," 1779-1780, sheet 18 of 18 [electronic edition]
... February to the 21. of March, without learning any Thing further on the Subject I wrote to the Count again. Paris Hotel De Valois, Rue De Richlieu March 21. 1780 In the Letter which you did me the honour to write me, on the twenty fourth of February, Your Excellency proposed that the principal Object of my Mission The remainder of the letter is missing, and the autobiography stops at this ...
John Adams autobiography, part 2, "Travels, and Negotiations," 1777-1778, sheet 8 of 37 [electronic edition]
... Travels March 29. 1778. the coast of France, some of the Officers or Passengers told a Story of Garrick. He had a relation convicted of a Capital Offence. He obtained Leave to wait upon his Majesty to beg a pardon. The King asked what was the Crime. He has only taken a Cup too much, may it please your Majesty. Is that all said the King? Then let him be pardoned. One of Captain ...
John Adams autobiography, part 1, "John Adams," through 1776, sheet 47 of 53 [electronic edition]
... . September 8. Yesterdays Post brought me, yours of Aug. 29. The Report you mentioned 'that I was poisoned upon my return at New York, I suppose will be thought to be a Prophecy, delivered by the oracle in mystic Language: and meant only that I should be politically or morally poisoned by Lord Howe. . . . But the Prophecy shall be a false one." Extract of another Letter to a Friend, dated ...

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