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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 29 June 1774, "This is the second day of the Term..." [electronic edition]
... declaring what he had done or would do, he declared what he could do. When I say H. said that was according to the Spirit of his Ancestors. -- T. said when I saw that, I said, it proved his Legitimacy. There was a very large numerous Company present at this Conversation, and seemed astonished, and confounded at this Weakness, and Want of Decency, Prudence, Caution and Dignity of these great Men ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 29 June 1774, "The Prophet of York..." [electronic edition]
... York June 29 1774 My Dr. The Prophet of York has not prophecy'd in vain. There is in this Town and County a Laodiceanism that I have not found in any other Place. I find more Persons here, who call the Destruction of the Tea, Mischief and Wickedness, than any where else. More Persons who say that the Duty upon Tea is not a Tax, nor an Imposition because we are at Liberty to ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 February 1794, "The Mail of Yesterday..." [electronic edition]
... Man differs by Nature from Man, almost as much as Man from Beast. The Equality of Nature is Moral and Political only and means that all Men are independent. But a Physical Inequality, an Intellectual Inequality of the most serious kind is established unchangeably by the Author of Nature. And Society has a Right to establish any other Inequalities it may judge necessary for its good. The ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 August 1782, "The Situation of my dear Brother . . ." [electronic edition]
... August 17. 1782 My dearest Friend The Situation of my dear Brother, at the date of yours 17 June, has allarmed me so much that I dread to hear any further News of him. An Affection for him has grown old with me as it commenced very early in Life has and has constantly increased. Mr. Smiths Letter of 6 of May did not surprise me so much because I had often known him in great ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 December 1796, "The inclosed extract of a Letter..." [electronic edition]
... Philadelphia Decr. 27. 1796 My Dearest Friend The inclosed extract of a Letter which I have Seen, from a Gentleman who dined with you last Summer is so unexpected to me, that I Send it as a curiosity. "All Men have Confidence in Mr. Adams's Abilities and Integrity. For my own Part, I thank God that We are at length to be governed by Talent and Science, and no longer by the ...
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, 20 February 1779, "In the Margin are the Dates..." [electronic edition]
... would find Weakness and Indiscretion, which they would make as ill an Use of. There are Spies upon every Word I utter, and every Syllable I write -- Spies planted by the English -- Spies planted by Stockjobbers -- Spies planted by selfish Merchants -- and Spies planted by envious and malicious Politicians. I have been all along aware of this, more or less, but more so now than ever. My ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 18 February 1783, "The Peace..." [electronic edition]
... Paris Feb. 18. 1783 My dearest Friend The Peace, which Sets the rest of the World at Ease, increases, think my Perplexities and Anxiety. I have written to Congress a Resignation, but I foresee there will not be a Speedy decision upon it, and I Shall be left in a State of Suspence that will be intolerable, Foreseeing this, I am determined not to wait for an Acceptance of my ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 10 September 1783, "The negotiation . . ." [electronic edition]
... Paris Septr. 10. 1783 My dearest Friend The negotiation of a Treaty of Commerce with G.B. will detain me in Europe at least till next Spring. Perhaps longer. If this Letter arrives in Season that you can come this fall, to L'Orient, Amsterdam, or London, I will hasten to receive you as soon as I hear of your arrival. Bring your Daughter, a Man & Maid Servant. Leave the Boys ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 February 1794, "The Indisposition..." [electronic edition]
... Philadelphia Feb. 4. 1794 My dearest Friend The Indisposition of my ever honoured and beloved Mother gives me a very tender Anxiety. I hope she may yet get the better of her Disorder and enjoy a good share of Health. Remember me to her in the most affectionate and dutiful manner. You ask me I wish to give any Directions. I pray you not to let the good old Lady know that you ...

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