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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 29 June 1774, "This is the second day of the Term..." [electronic edition]
... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 29 June 1774, "This is the second day of the Term..." [electronic edition] ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 10 September 1783, "The negotiation . . ." [electronic edition]
... affairs should require my stay another summer in Europe I shall insist upon your coming at least in the Spring. Yours Unalterably J. Adams. ...
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, 6 July 1774, "Mobs are the trite Topick..." [electronic edition]
... Falmouth July. 6, 1774 Mobs are the trite Topick of Declamation and Invective, among all the ministerial People, far and near. They are grown universally learned in the Nature, Tendency and Consequences of them, and very eloquent and pathetic in descanting upon them. They are Sources of all kinds of Evils, Vices, and Crimes, they say. They give Rise to Prophaneness, Intemperance ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 February 1794, "The Indisposition..." [electronic edition]
... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 February 1794, "The Indisposition..." [electronic edition] ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 29 October 1775, "There is, in the human breast..." [electronic edition]
... and Dexterity at public Business common. 5. Our Laws for the Distribution of Intestate Estates occasions a frequent Division of landed Property and prevents Monopolies, of Lands Land. But in opposition to these We have laboured under many Disadvantages. The exorbitant Prerogatives of our Governors &c. which would have overborn our Liberties, if it had not been opposed by the five ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 10 May 1777, "The Day before Yesterday..."[electronic edition]
... ,Franklin, Sawbridge, Mrs. Maccaulay, and several others. At a Corner is a Miser, sitting at his Table, weighing his Gold, his Bag upon one Side of the Table, and a Thief behind him, endeavouring to pilfer the Bag. There is Genius, as well as Taste and Art, discovered in this Exhibition: But I must confess, the whole Scaene was disagreable to me. The Imitation of Life was too faint, and I seemed to be ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Smith, 11 April 1764, "This is the last Opportunity . . ." [electronic edition]
... Wednesday Eveng.[11 April 1764] This is the last Opportunity I shall have to write you from Braintree for some Weeks. You may expect to hear from me, as soon after my Arrival at Boston as possible. Have had a peaceable, pleasant Day upon the whole. My Brother and I have the Wishes, the good Wishes of all the good People who come to the House. They admire our Fortitude, and wish ...
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 Abigail Adams to John Adams, 23 December 1796, "I received by the last post..." [electronic edition]
... Week who lives about 50 miles back was in Mr. N Austins Shop, and began to talk with him upon politicks. Why says he, they tell me that Mr. Adams tho a Clever Man will not do for President. They say he can't talk. Aya says Mr. Austin, he can't talk Nonsence. But do you or can you believe that a Gentleman who was many Years in the full practise of the Law cannot talk? Very harmless was that ...

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