Adams Family Correspondence, volume 3

Abigail Adams to James Lovell

John Adams to Abigail Adams

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William Smith Shaw, son of AA's sister Elizabeth (Smith) and Rev. John Shaw, was born in Haverhill on 12 Aug. 1778 (Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Topsfield, Mass., 1910–1911, 1:271). He served as JA's private secretary during the latter's Presidency and became a founder and the first librarian of the Boston Athenaeum. See Adams Genealogy. AA's aversion to her brother-in-law Shaw has been expressed earlier in this correspondence; see above, vols. 1:176 and 2:173, and see Thaxter's answer, 11–12 Sept., below.