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By Phyllis Lee Levin
Wife of 1 president and mom of one other, Abigail Adams used to be a rare lady dwelling at a rare time in American heritage. A tireless letter author and diarist, her penetrating and sometimes caustic impressions of lots of the significant individuals of her day—including Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and King George III, between others—provide the best first-hand money owed of the yankee Revolution. This biography, researched and written over a fourteen-year interval, is an engaging portrait of an excellent girl on the heart of the founding of the yank republic.
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13 John did have the time, however, to write an essay that was published in four parts in the Gazette, over August and September of 1765, which heightened his recognition in the community. What he called a “speculation” or even a “rhapsody,” nameless at the start and later entitled A Dissertation on the Feudal and Canon Law, was his heartfelt exploration of the reasons the colonists had established themselves in America. ” At the town meeting on September 24, he read the “Instructions,” which would be adopted by forty towns without a dissenting voice.
5 As resourceful as she was inquisitive, when she herself turned home-front reporter during John’s absences, Abigail would fill the gaps in news by keeping contact with statesmen as well as relatives, friends, and her children’s tutors, at home and abroad. But even while John was nearby and Abigail on only a brief visit to her family in Weymouth, she was unable to stifle her curiosity. ”6 Abigail’s mention of newspapers as a source of information is not incidental. That she and John were habitual readers of the Boston Gazette (“Containing the Freshest Advices Foreign and Domestick”), published by Benjamin Edes and John Gill, next to the prison house on Queen Street, is evinced in the liberal quotations of this newspaper in letters.
How “miserable” must that woman be, Abigail supposed, who allowed herself to be confined to a narrow circle of domesticity with no higher sites in mind. More to be pitied, however, was the woman of both genius and taste who could not “cheerfully” leave her intellectual pursuits to tend to the daily cares of the prudent housewife. But Abigail sympathized with the rigorous demands on the gifted and ambitious. ”2 Another reason for writing about Abigail was to recognize her role as founder of an amazing, and America’s most enduring, dynasty.
Abigail Adams. A Biography by Phyllis Lee Levin