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Docno: ADMS-13-02-02-0003-0008-0005

Author: CFA
Date: 1827-08-05

Sunday August 5th. 1827.

The weather exceedingly warm. I rode to Medford and found Abby alone. She looked a thousand times prettier than I ever saw her before. Indeed, I began to doubt whether I should not call her a beauty. I never had entertained this opinion. With me it is not a sine qua non. And although I never could marry a woman who had not beauty enough to gratify me moderately, I do not prize it to such a degree as to think it of material importance. There are not many prettier women than Abby Brooks and those I should not value the more for that pre-eminence. We talked all day. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks were kind to me and I spent the day and night there. Gorham Brooks was also there.1
1. Gorham Brooks (1795–1855), another brother of Abigail’s, had graduated from Harvard in 1814. See Adams Genealogy.
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, 2018.