Adams Family Correspondence, volume 1

John Adams to Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams to Mercy Otis Warren

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 23 July 1775 JA AA John Adams to Abigail Adams, 23 July 1775 Adams, John Adams, Abigail
John Adams to Abigail Adams
My Dear Philadelphia July 23d: 1775

Have only Time to send by this Opportunity a Token of Remembrance. The Fast1 was observed here with a Decorum and solemnity, never before seen ever on a Sabbath. The Clergy of all Denominations, here preach 2 Politicks and War in a manner that I never heard in N. England. They are a Flame of Fire. It is astonishing to me, that the People are so cool here. Such sermons in our Country would have a much greater Effect.

I hope to see you eer long. You have stirred up my Friends to write to me. Austin, Tudor, Rice have wrote.3 Dr. Tufts wrote me an excellent Letter and very particular Intelligence.4 I am yours &c.

My Love to all the Children.

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To Mrs. Abigail Adams Braintree—To the Care of the Committee of Safety”; endorsed: “C No 15.”


Called for by the Continental Congress and observed on 20 July; see JCC , 2:87–88, 192; JA, Diary and Autobiography , 3:353.


Two words obscured by a heavy ink blot.


All three letters are in Adams Papers , and printed in Papers of John Adams under authorship of Austin, Rice, and Tudor, on 7, 14, and 19 July 1775 respectively.


Dated 3 July and printed above.