Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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of Tobias Lear, Portsmouth, 1985.
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Abigail Adams ( 1744-1818), wife of John Adams ( 1742-1826). She was the daughter of Reverend William Smith and his wife, Elizabeth Quincy. Always of delicate health, she became noted as a woman of letters. Following the Treaty of Peace in 1783, she spent almost four years in Paris and London. The following twelve years were spent as the wife of the Vice-President and President. After 1801 her life was spent at her home in Quincy, Massachusetts where she continued as housewife, mother, and correspondent.
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Anna Maria Washington ( 1788-1814) was also called Maria. She was the youngest child of Fanny Bassett Washington and Major George Augustine Washington. Left without parents at an early age, she had a difficult childhood. She seems to have been shunted from one relative to another. Maria was a great favorite of Mrs. Washington and in spite of her erratic behavior as a child, she became a gracious lady, married Reuben Thornton, bore two children and died at the age of twenty six.
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William Jackson ( 1759-1828), was born in England and reared in South Carolina. During the Revolution he served on General Benjamin Lincoln's staff in the Southern Department. Later Jackson was instrumental in obtaining supplies for the army in Europe. Following the war he remained in Philadelphia and embarked on a successful mercantile career. In 1787 he applied to General Washington for the position of secretary to the Constitutional Convention and was accepted. Upon taking office, Washington appointed him one of his secretaries. Jackson accompanied the President on his New England tour in 1789 and the Southern tour in 1790. He resigned his position of secretary in 1791. In 1795, when Bartholomew Dandridge resigned as one of the secretaries, Jackson again volunteered his services, but was appointed surveyor of customs at Philadelphia. For the last twenty-eight years of his life he served as Secretary of the Society of the Cincinnatti. See, DAB, 9:559-61.
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Lund and Elizabeth Foote Washington.

To Abigail Smith Adams

My Dear Madam ( November 4, 1789)

I should have been very happy to have seen you yesterday. - and am truly sorry the bad day disappointed me of the plesure, your servant brought you kind favor faver yesterday while I was at dinner. he could not stay and the evening was so bad, - I have the plesure to ask you, how yourself Mrs Smith1 Miss Smith2 and the little ones 3 are today, I intended yesterday after the sermon to bring the children out with me on a visit to you, but the weather prevented me -

I will my dear Madam - doe myself the pleasure to dine with you on satterday with my family and shall be very happy with General Knox4 and the Laides, - mentioned or any others you plese

I am dear Madam with esteem your your affectionate Friend and Hble Svt M Washington5

Wednesday Morn 4 November Our best wishes to Mrs Smith & ca

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