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

Relationship with JA

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extended separation and paucity of letters from JA create strain in relationship33

role in relating political news to19

anxious over health of16

critical of short and infrequent letters15

discusses courtship of AA2 with14

thinks of joining in Europe12

laments long separation11

fears sea voyage10

discusses Mass. social and political news9

prefers they reunite in America, not Europe9

concern at not hearing from7

decides to go to Europe7

JA awaits arrival in London7

pride in JA's diplomatic achievements7

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sacrifice of their personal well-being to public duty rendered unacceptable to her by “Garbled commission”7

and JA's acceptance of first diplomatic appointment6

on JA's Defence of the Const.6

arrangements for reunion5

both accept separation to get good peace with Great Britain5

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JA asks to come to Europe5

separation from5

urges not to attempt return in winter5

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asks his aid for Braintree men in Mill Prison and derives satisfaction from his response4

delights in quoting JA to others4

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describes Copley's portrait of4

discuss grief felt upon father's death4

indignation and scorn for those who oppose him in public matters4

mixed feelings on JA's possible appointment to Great Britain4

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urges JA to reject appointment to Great Britain4

urges JA to turn to farming, and “let me turn dairy woman”4

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apprehensive of his health in Netherlands3

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as Penelope to JA's Ulysses3

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courtship3

happiness depends “not upon titles and fortune,” but “domestick enjoyments”3

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insistent that proper public acknowledgment be given his rank and accomplishments3

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proposes to join him in Europe3

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sylvan dream of life together in Vermont3

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urges JA to return from Congress to deal with deteriorating family finances3

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believes America will require his future services2

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calls JA's titles “badges of my unhappiness”2

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cannot bear to trouble JA with domestic matters2

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concern about public role in England2

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confident personal sacrifices will benefit public good2

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Congress' failure to support2

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criticizes miniature likeness of2

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defends JA to Mass. friends2

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dispute over salary of2

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feels keen anticipation to see2

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“For myself I have little ambition or pride—for my Husband I freely own I have much”2

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“If I had realized ... that intercourse between us would have been so hazardous, I fear my magnanimity would have failed me”2

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moved by JA's response to painting of Hector's parting from Andromache2

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“my own union has been of the happiest kind”2

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on JA's resignation from chief justiceship2

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on service of to U.S.2

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reaction to Tyler angers JA2

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reunites with in London2

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supports JA's rejecting thought of governorship2

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“when he is wounded I blead”2

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advises1

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“a painfull Seperation from the companion of my youth, and the Friend of my Heart”1

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approves report of JA's overwhelming influence in Mass. Convention1

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“ardently I long for your return”1

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asked to intercede with JA in Smith-AA2 courtship1

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Chesterfield's Letters deemed by JA unsuitable for1

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comments on painful separation for half of their married life1

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confident of JA's faithfulness1

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content when JA is satisfied1

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“Darby and Joan”1

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defends against criticism1

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delays in marrying1

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dependence, attachment, and “a sympathetic power”1

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does not enjoy going out without JA1

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“Do not practise so indiscriminately lieing with your windows open”1

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Elizabeth Shaw on1

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“extolling my Husband ... the sweetest Musick in my ears”1

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fears giving appearance “of wielding instead of sharing the scepter” of domestic authority1

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happiness of1

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“Hope and Fear have been the two ruling passions of a large portion of my Life”1

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hopes of JA's return “have vanished 'like the baseless Fabrick of a vision'”1

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hurt by world's questioning JA's attachment to domestic life1

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“I am obliged to summons all my patriotism to feel willing to part with him again”1

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“I begin to think there is a moral evil in this seperation”1

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“I cannot get him to think enough upon domestick affairs”1

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“I cannot resign more than I do, unless life itself was called for”1

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“I feel that I ought to be a help Mate”1

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“I have but little of his company”1

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“in need of the constant assistance of my Better half”1

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inquires about JA's salary as delegate1

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“in the absence of a certain Friend all pleasures and amusements are tasteless, all loose their relish”1

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“I want some sentimental Effusions of the Heart”1

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JA: “you have done such great Things in the Way of paying Debts”1

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JA: “You shall ... banish all the unsocial and ill natured Particles in my Composition”1

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JA calls “Nabby”1

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JA desires her presence in Philadelphia1

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JA relies on judgment1

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Jefferson says AA's counsel will help JA1

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joy upon JA's return from Philadelphia1

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loneliness1

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“Lovers are all the World to each other”1

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marriage1

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met in London by (1784)1

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“My Ideas do not coincide with those who recommend a seperation as necessary to revive the Languor of the most intimate of unions”1

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no secrets1

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not surprised treaty delay postpones return to U.S.1

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on Brit. treatment of1

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on effect of political situations on1

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on good health of1

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on inability of to negotiate Anglo-Amer. commercial treaty1

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predicts continuation of public life in America1

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proud British criticism of JA is not personal1

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reflections on 18th wedding anniversary1

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regrets JA's losing Jefferson's companionship1

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rejects sea voyage because she does not wish to be rendered odious in JA's sight1

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sadness at JA's absence1

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says children need JA at home1

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“the age of romance has long ago past, but the affection of almost Infant years has matured and strengthened untill it has become a vital principle”1

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“the desires of my Friend are a Law to me”1

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thinks with peace further sacrifice unnecessary1

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wants to feast him on salmon, geese, custard1

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writes letters on behalf of1

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