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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 May 1776 [electronic edition]
... May 27. 1776 I have three of your Favours, before me -- one of May 7., another of May 9. and a third of May 14th. The last has given me Relief from many Anxieties. It relates wholly to private Affairs, and contains such an Account of wise and prudent Management, as makes me very happy. I begin to be jealous, that our Neighbours will think Affairs more discreetly conducted in my ...
John Adams diary 41, 23 May - 19 June 1783 [electronic edition]
... 1783 MAY 23. FRYDAY. Last Evening, the American Ministers and Secretary met, again at my House, and signed the Letters to Mr. Grand and to the Bankers at Amsterdam. Mr. Laurens gave it as his Opinion that the Ballance of Trade, for the future between Great Britain and America would be in favour of the latter. I asked him what in that Case would become of the former? He ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, May 1772 [electronic edition]
... Wife and Children every Day, I want to see my Grass and Blossoms and Corn, &c. every Day. I want to see my Workmen, nay I almost want to go and see the Bosse Calfs's almost as often as Charles does. But above all except the Wife and Children I want to see my Books. None of these Amusements are to be had. The Company we have is not agreable to me. In Coll. Warren and his Lady I find ...
John Adams diary 14, July 1766, 4 April - 18 May 1767 [electronic edition]
... Deacon was very silent. The Dr. pretty sociable. MONDAY MORNING 18 MAY. A fine Sun and Air.Cushing at Barnstable said to me -- happy is he whom other Mer Errors, render wise. -- Otis by getting into the general Court, has lost his Business. -- Felix quem faciunt aliena Pericula cautum -- other Mens Dangers, Errors, Miscarriages, Mistakes, Misfortunes.Pages 16 ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 May 1794 [electronic edition]
... Use of Metal, corn or wine or oil, No Occupation, all Men idle all And Women too, but innocent and pure; No Sovereignty. All Things in common nature should produce Without sweat or endeavour, Treason, Felony, Sword Pike, knife, Gun, or need of any Engine Would I not have; But nature should bring forth of its own kind, all foizon, all Abundance to feed my innocent People. This is ...
John Adams diary 27, May - 10 September 1776 [electronic edition]
... when Congress shall interpose. NOTES OF DEBATES ON THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, CONTINUED JULY 30. 1776. Dr. Franklin. Let the smaller Colonies give equal Money and Men, and then have an equal Vote. But if they have an equal Vote, without bearing equal Burthens, a Confederation upon such iniquitous Principles, will never last long. Dr. Witherspoon. We all agree that there must and ...
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 7 - 9 May 1776 [electronic edition]
... very generous to the Ladies, for whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to Men, Emancipating all Nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over Wives. But you must remember that Arbitary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken -- and notwithstanding all your wise Laws and Maxims we have it in our power not only to free ourselves but to ...
John Adams diary 40, 29 April - 22 May 1783 [electronic edition]
... carrying the Productions of other Countries to the British Dominions: But Britains 1783 May 22 are not excluded, from carrying the Productions of other Countries to America. -- Two Instances of Partiality, and Inequality, which may be Seeds of discord. Mens Minds cannot be contented, under Partiality, among Equals. They think it as it is Injustice. It is humiliating. It is thought disgracefull ...
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 6 May 1777 [electronic edition]
... May 6, 1777 We have no News here but what comes from you -- except that all is well and quiet at Ticonderoga, that We have four Thousand Troops there, and that they were not afraid of Carlton. The Connecticutt and People have given Sir Wm. Erskine a Concord and Lexington Drubbing. But I am very angry at our People for making a Magazine, so near the Water and among such a Gang of ...
John Adams diary 39, 1 January - 2 May 1783 [electronic edition]
... Talk to himself. I am not fond of talking, but I wanted to convey into his Mind a few Things, for him to think upon. None of the English Gentlemen have come here apprized of the Place where their danger lay. 1783 MAY 1 THURSDAY. Dined with the Marquis de la Fayette, with the other American Ministers and others. Visited the Duke and Dutchesse de la Vauguion at the petite Luxembourg ...

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