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- Descriptive List of Illustrations ix
- Introduction xv
- 1. John Adams in the Congress xv.
- 2. Notes on Editorial Method xxi.
- Acknowledgments xxiii
- Guide to Editorial Apparatus xxiv
- 1. Textual Devices xxiv.
- 2. Adams Family Code Names xxiv.
- 3. Descriptive Symbols xxv.
- 4. Location Symbols xxvi.
- 5. Other Abbreviations and Conventional Terms xxvii.
- 6. Short Titles of Works Frequently Cited xxviii.
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