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Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 8 (March 1787 — December 1789)

Index: Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 8, A

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

434

Opinions and Beliefs

173

Individuals

13

William Steuben Smith

8

John Briesler

6

Mary Jefferson

6

George Washington

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4

James Warren

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3

Lucy Cranch

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3

Esther Field

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3

Elbridge Gerry

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4

Sally Hemings

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3

Belinda Smith

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3

Louisa Smith

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3

William Smith Jr.

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3

Mercy Warren

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5

Martha Washington

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2

Fisher Ames

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2

Benjamin Austin Jr. (Honestus)

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2

Capt. John Callahan

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2

Mrs. Comis

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2

Elizabeth Cranch

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2

John Cranch

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2

William Cranch

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2

Silas Deane

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2

George III

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2

James Madison

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2

John Rucker

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2

Isaac Smith Sr.

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2

Margaret Smith

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2

Sarah Smith

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2

WSS

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2

WSS family

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2

Polly Taylor

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2

Susanna Warner

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2

Mary Wentworth

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2

Anthony Wibird

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1

Abbés Arnoux and Chalut

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1

Esther Black

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1

Moses Black

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1

John Bowring

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1

Freelove Brown

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1

Capt. James Brown

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1

Sarah Smith Brown

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1

Burnell family

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1

Charlotte, Queen of England

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1

Edward Church

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1

John Collins

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1

Andrew Cranch

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1

Mary Cranch

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1

Richard Cranch

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1

Sally Bowring Cranch

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1

William Cranch of Brook

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1

William Cranch of Kingsbridge

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1

John Brown Cutting

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1

Elizabeth Dana

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1

Lord Dorchester

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1

Countess of Effingham

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1

Charles James Fox

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1

George, Prince of Wales

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1

Susanna Hall

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1

Thomas Brand Hollis

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1

John Jay

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1

Sarah Jay

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1

Martha Jefferson

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1

Rufus King

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1

Lafayettes

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1

Rev. William Linn

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1

James Lovell

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1

George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough

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1

Elizabeth Mayhew

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1

Elizabeth Robinson Montagu

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1

Robert Muir

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1

Jacob Norton

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1

Mary Otis

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1

John Palmer

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1

Miss Palmer (sister of Joseph Palmer)

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1

Adrien Petit

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1

Sarah Pope

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1

Richard Price

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1

Nancy Quincy

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1

Norton Quincy

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1

Matthew Robinson-Morris

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1

Daniel Shays

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1

Thomas Lee Shippen

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1

Charity Smith

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1

Elizabeth Storer Smith

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1

Hannah Smith

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1

Isaac Smith Sr. family

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1

John Adams Smith

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1

William Smith Jr. (son of William and Hannah)

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1

William Smith (son of Isaac Sr.)

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1

Stauntons

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1

Trathan family

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1

Cotton Tufts

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1

Cotton Tufts Jr.

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1

Lucy Tufts

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1

Samuel Tufts

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1

Royall Tyler

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1

Wilhelmina, Princess of Orange

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1

Elizabeth Willard

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1

William V, Prince of Orange

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1

Warren Hastings

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110

United States

9

compared to Britain

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10

compared to Europe

8

Shays’ Rebellion

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6

compares Mass. to other states

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5

circumstances in

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5

Mass. politics

3

U.S. Congress

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3

U.S. Constitution

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3

Continental Congress

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3

political circumstances in

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3

publication of debates in House of Representatives

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3

future rebellions

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3

relationship between Britain and

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3

site for U.S. government

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2

climate of

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3

Constitutional Convention

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2

judicial appointments

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2

Long Island

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2

attitudes in Mass.

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2

trappings of office for president

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3

life in public service

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1

compares New York and Braintree living expenses

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1

Conn.

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1

need to avoid involvement in European politics

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1

federal appointments

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1

debate over funding national debt

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3

government in

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1

Hudson River

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1

influence of on British

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1

Mass. trade restrictions

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1

militias

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1

newspaper attacks on new government

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1

New York City

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1

N.J.

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1

political affairs in New York

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1

origins of political parties

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1

relationship among France, Britain, and

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1

desire to return to

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1

St. Paul’s Chapel

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1

salary provided to U.S. ministers in Europe

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1

stability of new government

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1

tariffs

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1

taxation as “price of their freedom”

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1

Vt. statehood

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1

vice presidency

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1

Washington’s New England tour

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102

Miscellaneous

15

Richmond Hill

8

servants

8

travel

4

exercise

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4

paper currency

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3

convent education

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3

dangers of luxury

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3

domestic happiness

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2

diet

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2

domestic work as “province of the Female Character”

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2

family

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3

female education

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2

gardens

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2

Harvard commencement celebrations

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2

hotels

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2

land

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2

marriage

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1

Active

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1

clothing as “the Female sphere”

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1

dangers of bad examples

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1

dangers of arrogance

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1

dangers of excessive study

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1

debt

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1

treatments for diphtheria

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1

equality

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1

evil in the world

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1

exercise as “the kind goddess of Health”

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1

female education as “like going into a Beautifull Country, which I never saw before”

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1

friendships

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1

the future

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1

God and creation

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1

handwriting

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1

life as lawyer’s wife

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1

Lucretia

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1

“an unprincipald mob is the worst of all Tyrannies”

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1

moral precariousness of youth

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1

repeated moving

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1

newborns

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4

Old House

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1

“I can ride in a one horse chaise the rest of my Life without being at all mortified”

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2

social life in New York City

AFC08

1

Veasey property

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1

war

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1

Warrens’ office seeking

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1

distinguished women

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1

older women as mothers

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1

slavery

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1

swimming

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37

Great Britain

4

royalty and court of

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3

economic inequality in

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2

loyalists in

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2

nurses in

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2

relations with France

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3

tourist sites in

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1

Bath Hotel (London)

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1

behavior of during Amer. Revolution

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1

climate of

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1

countryside of

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2

customs and manners of

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1

government of

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1

trial of Hastings

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1

“illiberality” in

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1

love of war in

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1

Plymouth

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1

political situation of

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1

religion in

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1

life under rule of

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1

rule of in India

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1

Scotland

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1

society and economy of

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1

Weymouth

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1

Isle of Wight

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1

Winchester

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1

women of

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12

Europe

4

Dutch revolution

3

society and politics of

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1

Dutch frugality

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1

French politics

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1

French treasury

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1

histories of

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1

time spent in

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212

Travels

18

moves to New York

11

possible visit to Braintree

10

plans to move to New York

10

arrives in U.S.

8

to Europe (1784)

9

to New York (1789)

7

visits Long Island (1788)

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6

returns to Mass. (1789)

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4

visits Bath (1787)

AFC08

3

to Long Island (1788)

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3

stays at Daggett’s Inn

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3

possible visit to New York

AFC08

2

arrives in New York

AFC08

2

plans to visit English countryside

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2

visits the Hyde (1787)

AFC08

1

dislikes sea voyages

AFC08

1

leaves Grosvenor Square

AFC08

1

leaves London for Portsmouth

AFC08

1

plans to visit Braintree

AFC08

1

to Portsmouth (1788)

AFC08

1

sails from Providence to Newport

AFC08

1

WSS will escort to Braintree

AFC08

1

visits Painshill (1786)

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1

visits Portsmouth (1786)

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1

to Isle of Wight

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139

Household Management

14

purchases property

11

shipment of furniture to New York

8

sale of goods and livestock

7

accounts with Jefferson

7

care of Adamses’ farms

7

purchases food and produce

7

rents out property

8

repair and redecoration of Old House

6

investments of

4

Brieslers continue to work for

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3

oversees in JA’s absence

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2

firewood for

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2

preparations of before leaving for New York

2

purchases hay

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2

servants of

AFC08

1

accounts with Cranches

AFC08

1

arranges return to U.S.

AFC08

1

Braintree homes of

AFC08

1

orders chaise

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1

compares moving costs

AFC08

1

avoids debt

AFC08

1

on disposal of Adamses’ goods

AFC08

1

finances of

AFC08

1

furnishing of Braintree home (JQA Birthplace)

AFC08

1

gardening

AFC08

1

requests horse for chaise

AFC08

1

wants inventory of house

AFC08

1

learns method for preserving pumpkins

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1

loans money to Beriah Norton

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1

difficulties of managing two households prevents visit to Braintree

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1

may need to borrow money

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1

difficulty of acquiring money in Britain

AFC08

1

problems with Old House

AFC08

1

papers on at Old House

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1

pays parish rate

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1

purchases sleigh and harness

AFC08

1

repairs to house in Boston

AFC08

1

sends memorandum of expenses to JA

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1

wine bottling

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128

Character, Appearance, Habits

10

WSS as secy. to

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11

letter-writing of

5

Elizabeth Shaw on

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4

relationship with Jefferson

AFC08

3

resemblance to JQA

AFC08

3

boredom of

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4

interest in family history

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3

as Portia

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2

affect of JA’s station on

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2

clothing of for visiting

AFC08

2

Thomas Brand Hollis advises on health issues

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2

homesickness of

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2

asks that letters be burned

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2

relationship with Thomas Brand Hollis

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1

adaptability of

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1

William Cranch dockets correspondence of

AFC08

1

John Brown Cutting as secy. to

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1

handwriting of

AFC08

1

John Jay as secy. to

AFC08

1

Elizabeth Norton on

AFC08

1

relationship with Hannah Green

AFC08

1

relationship with Mary Jefferson

AFC08

2

relationship with William Smith Jr.

AFC08

1

seeks approval

AFC08

1

sleeping habits

AFC08

1

WSS dockets correspondence of

AFC08

1

talkativeness

AFC08

1

while traveling

AFC08

1

portrait of

AFC08

1

punctuation of

AFC08

118

Domestic Life

23

sends clothing, fabric, and goods to family in U.S.

22

as grandmother

5

cares for Mary Jefferson

AFC08

4

assists Cranches

AFC08

4

loves Braintree as home

AFC08

4

Mary Cranch purchases items for

AFC08

4

forwards items to and for Jefferson

AFC08

4

Jefferson purchases goods for

AFC08

5

religious observation

4

sends goods to friends

AFC08

3

as matchmaker

AFC08

3

purchases items for Jeffersons

AFC08

3

purchases thread

AFC08

2

carries letters and goods to U.S.

AFC08

2

John Cranch sends game to

AFC08

2

avoids Harvard commencement celebrations

AFC08

2

receives news

AFC08

2

riding

AFC08

2

trunk of missing

AFC08

1

announces birth of William Steuben Smith

AFC08

1

breakfasts of

AFC08

1

Susanna Copley makes artificial roses for

AFC08

1

Susanna Copley purchases silk for

AFC08

1

John Cranch requests news of Cranch family in U.S. from

AFC08

1

concerns regarding Esther Field

AFC08

1

Richard Harrison procures wine for

AFC08

2

housing of

AFC08

1

Petit purchases items for

AFC08

1

pregnancy of

AFC08

1

sends gown to Betsy Quincy Shaw

AFC08

1

sings to William Steuben Smith

AFC08

1

Hannah Quincy Storer sends butter to

AFC08

2

swimming

AFC08

1

takes William Steuben Smith riding

AFC08

1

as mother

AFC08

101

Letters From

5

AA2 (1788)

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5

Cotton Tufts (1787)

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3

Cotton Tufts (1789)

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1

Elizabeth Cranch (1787)

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3

Elizabeth Smith Shaw (1787)

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4

Elizabeth Smith Shaw (1788)

AFC08

2

Elizabeth Smith Shaw (1789)

AFC08

1

Hannah Quincy Lincoln Storer (1789)

AFC08

1

Isaac Smith Jr. (1787)

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2

JA (1787)

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5

JA (1788)

AFC08

13

JA (1789)

2

JQA (1787)

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1

JQA (1788)

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2

JQA (1789)

AFC08

1

James Lovell (1789)

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2

John Brown Cutting (1787)

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2

John Callahan (1788)

AFC08

2

John Cranch (1787)

AFC08

1

John Cranch (1788)

AFC08

1

Lucy Cranch (1787)

AFC08

1

Lucy Cranch (1789)

AFC08

1

Lucy Ludwell Paradise (1789)

AFC08

1

Lucy Paradise Barziza (1788)

AFC08

2

Martha Washington (1789)

AFC08

1

Mary Rutledge Smith (1787)

AFC08

10

Mary Smith Cranch (1787)

2

Mary Smith Cranch (1788)

AFC08

7

Mary Smith Cranch (1789)

AFC08

1

Mercy Otis Warren (1787)

AFC08

1

Mercy Otis Warren (1788)

AFC08

1

Mercy Otis Warren (1789)

AFC08

1

Susanna Clarke Copley (1788)

AFC08

1

Susanna Clarke Copley (1789)

AFC08

1

Thomas Brand Hollis (1787)

AFC08

1

Thomas Brand Hollis (1788)

AFC08

5

Thomas Jefferson (1787)

AFC08

1

Thomas Jefferson (1788)

AFC08

1

WSS (1787)

AFC08

1

WSS (1788)

AFC08

1

WSS (1789)

AFC08

1

William Cranch (1787)

AFC08

99

Books and Reading

15

Bible

14

newspapers

14

sends books to family in U.S.

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5

sends books to friends

AFC08

4

classical references

AFC08

4

Samuel Johnson

AFC08

4

lacks on trip to U.S.

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4

Pope

AFC08

4

sends newspapers

AFC08

4

Shakespeare

AFC08

3

Thomas Brand Hollis sends books and goods to

AFC08

2

Epictetus

AFC08

2

Homer

AFC08

2

Young

AFC08

1

Aesop

AFC08

1

John Bunyan

AFC08

1

dairying pamphlet

AFC08

1

discusses with John Trumbull

AFC08

1

Vicesimus Knox

AFC08

1

William Mason

AFC08

1

Elizabeth Robinson Montagu

AFC08

1

Prodicus of Ceos

AFC08

1

David Ramsay

AFC08

1

receives book from Charles Dilly

AFC08

1

Samuel Richardson

AFC08

1

sends oration to Thomas Brand Hollis

AFC08

1

John Shaw sends sermon to

AFC08

1

Sterne

AFC08

1

storage of

AFC08

1

Sir John Suckling

AFC08

1

Isaac Watts

AFC08

1

William Whitehead

AFC08

99

Letters To

5

AA2 (1788)

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5

Cotton Tufts (1787)

AFC08

2

Cotton Tufts (1788)

AFC08

4

Cotton Tufts (1789)

AFC08

1

Elizabeth Cranch (1787)

AFC08

4

Elizabeth Smith Shaw (1787)

AFC08

1

Elizabeth Smith Shaw (1789)

AFC08

1

Isaac Smith Sr. (1787)

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2

JA (1787)

AFC08

6

JA (1788)

AFC08

17

JA (1789)

4

JQA (1787)

AFC08

1

JQA (1788)

AFC08

3

JQA (1789)

AFC08

1

James Lovell (1789)

AFC08

1

John Bowring (1788)

AFC08

1

John Cranch (1787)

AFC08

1

Lewis D. Ward (1788)

AFC08

2

Lucy Cranch (1787)

AFC08

1

Margaret Smith (1788)

AFC08

1

Mary Rutledge Smith (1787)

AFC08

8

Mary Smith Cranch (1787)

AFC08

3

Mary Smith Cranch (1788)

AFC08

9

Mary Smith Cranch (1789)

1

Mercy Otis Warren (1787)

AFC08

1

Richard Cranch (1787)

AFC08

1

Sarah Livingston Jay (1789)

AFC08

1

TBA (1787)

AFC08

1

Thomas Brand Hollis (1788)

AFC08

6

Thomas Jefferson (1787)

AFC08

1

Thomas Jefferson (1788)

AFC08

1

WSS (1787)

AFC08

1

William Cranch (1788)

AFC08

1

William Smith (1789)

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98

Relationship with Children

36

AA2

14

AA2 as secy. to

6

AA2 dockets correspondence of

AFC08

6

possible visits with AA2 and WSS

2

on AA2

AFC08

2

sends letter of introduction to Margaret Smith

AFC08

2

separation from AA2

AFC08

1

AA2, as good nurse

AFC08

1

AA2 reads mail of

AFC08

1

buys fabric for AA2

AFC08

1

names for AA2

AFC08

36

JQA

7

concern for JQA’s health

AFC08

7

sends clothing for JQA

AFC08

5

sends books to JQA

AFC08

3

on JQA

AFC08

3

gives horse to JQA

2

JQA dockets correspondence of

AFC08

2

sends goods to JQA

AFC08

1

JQA concerned about economic independence from

AFC08

1

on JQA’s future

AFC08

1

JQA’s graduation from Harvard

AFC08

1

advises JQA

AFC08

2

concern for JQA’s single-mindedness

AFC08

1

sends money to JQA

AFC08

9

Miscellaneous

2

care and well-being of

AFC08

2

education of

AFC08

2

pride in

AFC08

1

carries letters from AA2 to JQA

AFC08

1

frequency of correspondence with

AFC08

1

expenses for

AFC08

9

CA

6

concern over CA’s behavior

1

SSA lives with after CA’s death

AFC08

1

approves plan for CA to move to New York

AFC08

1

sends clothing for CA

AFC08

8

TBA

2

sends clothing for TBA

AFC08

1

TBA as secy. to

AFC08

1

advises on TBA’s studies

AFC08

2

concern for TBA’s moral development

AFC08

2

recommends TBA join military company

AFC08

90

Social Life

13

social engagements in New York City

10

social engagements with Washingtons

9

visits with Shaws

5

social engagements in London

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4

hosts and attends dinners

AFC08

5

sightseeing in Britain

AFC08

3

visits Cranch family in England

AFC08

3

visits with Warrens

AFC08

3

entertains Mary Jefferson

AFC08

2

reception of upon arrival in Boston

AFC08

2

stays with Jays

AFC08

2

visits en route to New York

2

visits with Elworthy family

AFC08

2

visits with Jays

AFC08

1

attends meeting of N.Y. assembly

AFC08

2

attends trial of Hastings

AFC08

1

William Cranch conveys invitation to Hancock from

AFC08

1

William Cushing visits

AFC08

1

encourages William and Hannah Smith to visit

AFC08

1

Gerry visits at Boston

AFC08

1

Guilds visit

AFC08

1

David Hartley visits

AFC08

1

health limits

AFC08

1

lack of upon return from Europe

AFC08

1

meets Thomas Wren

AFC08

1

Sargeants visit

AFC08

2

scientific lectures

AFC08

1

hopes for visit from William Steuben Smith

AFC08

1

stays with Marchants in Newport

AFC08

1

visiting practices

AFC08

1

unable to visit New York City

AFC08

1

visits in Boston

AFC08

1

visits with Danas

AFC08

1

visits with Countess of Effingham

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1

visits with John Hay

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1

visits with Martha Jefferson in France

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1

visits with John Trumbull in Conn.

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73

Relationship with JA

25

correspondence with

8

JA’s public service and

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4

JA dockets correspondence of

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5

on JA’s Defence of the Const.

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4

concern for JA’s health and well-being

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4

difficulties of separation from JA

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4

patronage appeals to JA

2

on JA’s political philosophy

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2

quotes JA

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2

requests assistance from JA in farm management

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1

JA as secy. to

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1

on JA’s address to Senate

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1

on JA’s departure for New York

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1

on JA’s forgetfulness

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1

on JA’s vote on removal of foreign officers

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1

chides JA

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1

difficulties faced by

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1

dockets JA’s correspondence

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1

instructs JA on household issues

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1

limitations on as JA’s wife

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1

organizes meeting between Jefferson and

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1

purchase of Veasey property and

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1

WSS encourages to accompany JA to New York

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34

Letters to, from, omitted

1

from Abigail Bromfield Rogers listed (1789)

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1

from Anna Quincy listed (1787)

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1

from Clement Cotterell Dormer listed (1788)

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1

from Cotton Tufts listed (1787)

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1

from George Storer listed (1788)

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1

from George Washington listed (1789)

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1

from Hannah Fayerweather Tolman Winthrop listed (1789)

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1

from Hannah Storer Green (1789)

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1

from JA listed (1789)

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1

from James Lovell listed (1789)

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1

from John Brown Cutting listed (1787)

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1

from John Brown Cutting listed (1789)

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1

from John Cranch listed (1787)

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1

from John Cranch listed (1788)

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1

from John Jeffries listed (1788)

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1

from John Jeffries listed (1789)

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1

from Lewis D. and Ann Veasey Ward listed (1788)

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1

from Lucy Ludwell Paradise listed (1787)

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1

from Lucy Ludwell Paradise listed (1789)

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1

from M. E. Milles listed (1787)

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1

from Martha Washington listed (1789)

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1

from Mary Smith Cranch listed (1788)

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1

from Mary Wentworth listed (1787)

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1

from Mercy Otis Warren listed (1789)

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1

from Thomas Brand Hollis listed (1787)

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1

from Thomas Brand Hollis listed (1788)

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1

from WSS listed (1787)

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1

receipt of John Trumbull listed (1788)

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1

to Cotton Tufts listed (1787)

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1

to JQA listed (1787)

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1

to Mary Smith Cranch listed (1787)

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1

to Mrs. Byag listed (1787)

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1

to Rebecca Leppington listed (1789)

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1

to Thomas Jefferson listed (1787)

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20

Writings

13

edits correspondence before sending

3

diary of return to U.S.

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2

diary of tour to Plymouth

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1

memorandum on Adamses’ houses and farms

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1

mistranscribes inscription

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