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Adams, Abigail Smith (1744-1818, wife of John, designated as AA in The Adams Papers):

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asserts superiority of New England and Amer. values over European15

angered by attacks against JA and America in London press12

faults manners and prejudices of British9

on U.S.-British relations8

advocates independence7

on role of women in Europe7

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trusts in Providence7

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praises French theater6

changes view of French society5

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criticizes Congress' treatment of Amer. ministers5

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desire for peace5

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on decline in manners and morals in America5

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on inflated prices of labor and goods5

royal family and Court life5

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initial dismay at French manners and morals4

initial response to London scenes compared to lantern slides4

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on the need and nature of a new state constitution4

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on women's rights4

“Patriotism in the female Sex is the most disinterested of all virtues”4

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praises and takes pride in peace4

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alteration in JA's conferred powers laid to subservience to French interests3

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criticizes Franklin3

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criticizes Society of the Cincinnati3

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183
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disapproves of gambling3

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262
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fondness for England3

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on moral decline of Great Britain3

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on peace overtures of Rockingham ministry3

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opposes Congress' conferring dictatorial powers3

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praises behavior of French naval officers3

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says Mass. navigation act will confound British, build America3

suggested for committee “to examine the Torys Ladies”3

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approves Paine's Common Sense 2

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as evil political force2

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blames number of French orphans on disrespect for marriage2

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calls Jefferson “one of the choice ones of the Earth”2

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“Calm is not desireable in any situation in life ...Man was made for action”2

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comments on dining customs2

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criticizes James Warren2

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disapproves of slavery2

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“Fashion is the Deity every one worships in this country”2

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fears the Army, domestic contentions will destroy America's confederation2

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laments feelings against loyalists in Massachusetts2

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“My happiness has ever been in a domestick State”2

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“my Heart and Soul is more American than ever”2

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on Congress and the Deane-Lee controversy2

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on matrimony and the single state2

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on the duty of a patriot in a time of public degeneracy, two views2

on the Netherlands and its people2

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praises English agriculture and manufactures2

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369
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prefers news to sentiment in letters2

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says ladies at British Court unattractive2

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192

sorry that “the most Manly Sentiments in the Declaration are Expunged from the printed coppy”2

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suspects John Temple of passing rumor damaging to JA2

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thinks British resistance to trade treaty will help U.S.2

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view of Othello 2

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view of virtue and hypocrisy2

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“a good government ill administerd is injurious to every member of the community”1

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27

“a Man, Grown old in the practise of deception and calumny”1

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“a Man makes but a poor figure solo”1

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“America is the Theater for a young fellow who has any ambition”1

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“A patriot without religion ... is as great a paradox, as an honest Man without the fear of God”1

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“at my age the greatest of my enjoyments consist in Friendship”1

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“Boston is as much Superiour to Paris, as London is to Boston”1

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436

calls Congress JA's “Sovereign”1

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characterizes Franklin1

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characterizes W. T. Franklin: “the young Cockatrice”1

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230

“Christiantiy ...teaches us to forgive our enemies”1

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commends study of Amer. history1

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comments on a Protestant praying for the dead1

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comments on trade and taxation1

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compares English, French, and Amer. beauties1

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compares English and French moral vices1

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compares good letterwriting to serving food1

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compares Hancock to the Golden Calf1

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compares manners of Southern women and European women1

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compares traveling through France and England1

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contrasts characters of JA and Franklin1

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230

describes and comments on Roman Catholic rituals1

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describes folly of Court etiquette1

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458

disapproves “Olive Branch” petition1

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discusses true friendship1

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dislikes Gothic churches in Canterbury1

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disturbed by low status of dissenting clergy in England1

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doubts U.S. can get needed credit with debt still unfunded1

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early affection for England1

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expects justly determined rank in the afterlife1

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fame without honor would be “like a faint meteor gliding through the Sky”1

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faults Americans who pass themselves off as English1

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fears effect of China trade on U.S.1

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finds English agriculture and towns superior to French1

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436

finds everything elegant in France is from England1

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441

folly and cruelty in the rise and fall of empires teach virtuous behavior1

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for repeal of the Regulating Act1

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265

Franklin's letter, “the Slanderous arrow that flieth in Secret”1

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190

“Honour does not consist so much in the Trust reposed, as in the able, the Honest, the upright and faithfull discharge of it”1

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hopes the states adhere to peace treaty to make JA's job easier1

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“I am sure I should make an awkward figure” in England1

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“I have found my taste reconciling itself to habits customs and fashions, which at first disgusted me”1

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“In America ... so few Ladies have a taste for Historick knowledge”1

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informs Edward Dilly of American crisis1

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“in moderation of enjoyment consists the most perfect felicity of the humane mind”1

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“Interest is a canker worm which will knaw to the vitals”1

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“I regret the trifling narrow contracted Education of the Females of my own country”1

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JA's services needed in Massachusetts1

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legislature has few of “superiour parts”1

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“Liberty or Death”1

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“Love of praise is a passion deeply rooted in the mind”1

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“Man is a dangerous creature”1

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“manners more than conversation distinguish a fine woman in my Eye”1

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Massachusetts' new spirit is “the insolence of wealth”1

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Mass. legislators “will Squable a while but do right in the end”1

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meditates on life's fleeting pleasures1

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more industry needed in law than medicine or theology1

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174

“Never omit writing for want of subjects”1

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on absolute government1

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on a “Code of Laws” for the new nation1

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on Amer. rights in Atlantic fisheries1

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on a proper joint commission1

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on British conciliatory acts1

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on Carleton-Digby letters as “only a tub to the Whale”1

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on Congress' actions re JA as directed against Massachusetts1

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on dueling1

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on import of victories at Saratoga and Yorktown1

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on influence of rulers upon public manners1

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on method of training general officers for Continental Army1

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on neglect of education of women1

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on public commencements1

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on repeal of the Stamp Act1

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on resistance to tea tax1

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on scarcity of Boston political leaders1

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on sensitivity of women1

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on significance of Burgoyne's defeat1

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on superiority of American society1

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on the “Massachusettensis” papers1

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on the “passion of Ambition”1

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on vocational opportunities in America1

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330

peace obstructed by haughty and unjust actions of Great Britain1

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praises French “little images”1

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pride in country1

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purpose of travel to see virtues and faults in other countries, and one's own1

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remarks on folly of many in high positions1

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says “false as the English” for “false as Hell”1

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says lack of sunlight depresses the spirits1

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sees likeness of Americans in English faces1

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sees Mass. manners becoming less republican1

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“the arm of treachery ... is lifted over us as a Scourge ... for our numerous offences”1

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theatrical acts and female entertainers in London and Paris1

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“the Business of Life here [is] Pleasure”1

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“their is nothing binding upon the Humane mind, but Religion”1

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“the old Deceiver”1

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“These are times in which a Genious would wish to live.... Great necessities call out great virtues”1

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“the Ship [America] is safe, but the pilots will have a tough time”1

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“the Sword is now our only, yet dreadful alternative”1

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“the World furnishes us with real objects of Charity where ever we are placed”1

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thinks English ladies have a “Masculine attire and Manners of Amazonians”1

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thinks French horses inferior to English1

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thinks three Americans do work of eight Britons1

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unimportance of noble birth1

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“We have both [British] armies from their Shipping. Tis what we have long sought for” (1777)1

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“We know too well the blessings of freedom, to tamely resign it”1

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“Why should we borrow foreign Luxeries [?]”1

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will finish with politics and “talk of that which more properly belongs to me”1

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