Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Letters of John and Abagail Adams

(Rainy Day Books, on the Corner of Second and Main Street for the past 26 Years, in Tillamook, Oregon, lays it up on the Shelf.)

Miss Adorable,

By the same Token that the Bearer hereof sat up with you last night, I hearby order you to give him, as many kisses, and as many hours of your company after 9 o'clock as he shall please to deamand and charge them to my account... I presume I have good right to draw upon you for the kisses as I have given to or three millions at least, when one has been received, and of consequence the account between us is immensely in favor of yours,

John Adams
October 4, 1762

John Adams (1735 - 1826) and Abigail Smith Adams (1744 - 1818) exchanged over one thousand letters during a courtship that lasted from 1762 until 1801.  Adams served as a member of the Continental Congress, editor of the Declaration of Independence, various diplomatic positions in Europe during the Revolutionary War, Vice President under Washington, and eventually the second President of the United States.  Reading the letters between he and Abigail give us some of the greatest insight into the birth of our country... and some pretty sweet love notes too!

John Adams (1735-1826) and Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818) exchanged over 1,100 letters, beginning during their courtship in 1762 and continuing throughout John's political career (until 1801). These warm and informative letters include John's descriptions of the Continental Congress and his impressions of Europe while he served in various diplomatic roles, as well as Abigail's updates about their family, farm, and news of the Revolution's impact on the Boston area.

John Adams

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