Adams Family Correspondence, volume 1

Abigail Adams to John Adams

Hannah Storer Green to Abigail Adams

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From this it appears that the speed 273of JA's return journey surprised everyone, including his wife, and that urgent business in the General Court caused him to pause in Watertown before proceeding to Braintree, where he had evidently hoped to turn up on his own doorstep unannounced after nearly four months' absence. The editors' inference in a note in JA's Diary and Autobiography (2:166), that he first went home and then to Watertown to attend the Council, is therefore wrong. During the rest of August JA spent weekends at home and weekdays attending the Council until the General Court adjourned on the 24th. AA came with him to Watertown for the last three days of the session. After a final weekend at home he left early on Monday the 28th for Philadelphia, but stayed for two or three days' further attendance in Council before leaving Watertown, probably on 1 September. See his Diary and Autobiography , 2:167–168, and references there; JA to Mercy Warren, 26 Aug., Warren-Adams Letters , 1:104–105; AA to Mercy Warren, 27 Aug., printed below.