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1. Gabriel Bonnot, Abbé de Mably (1709–1785), historian and philosopher, with whom the Adams family were to become very friendly later and whose Observations sur le gouvernement et les loix des Etats-Unis d'Amérique
, Amsterdam, 1784, was addressed to JA. For an account of Mably's career and for JA's marginalia in his De la législation
, ou principes des loix
, Amsterdam, 1776, see Haraszti, JA and the Prophets of Progress
, ch. 7, “The Communism of the Abbé de Mably.” See, further, entry of 5 Jan. 1783
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.