Journal and Correspondence of Miss Adams, Daughter of John Adams, Second President of the United States

Journal and Correspondence of Miss Adams, Daughter of John Adams, Second President of the United States

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Journal and Correspondence of Miss Adams, Daughter of John Adams, Second President of the United States

Journal and Correspondence of Miss Adams, Daughter of John Adams, Second President of the United States

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Abigail Adams, the oldest child and only surviving daughter of John Adams, was born at Braintree, in Massachusetts, 14th July, 1765; she was carried to church in a chaise, and baptized the day she was born, according to the custom of those times.

In the early part of her life she shared the domestic duties and cheered the retirement of her mother, during the years of absence which the public cares of her father enforced upon him. He expressed to the editor, at the age of 90, while recalling and reflecting upon the events of the past, in these words, his painful recollection of the separations he had been called upon to endure: "At this time it seems to me to have been wicked to have left such a wife and such a family as I did, but it was done in the service of my country."

The daughter was cherished and beloved by an intimate circle of youthful friends. Among them an early use of the pen, and the pleasures of epistolary intercourse were cultivated; the young persons being in the habit of preparing their letters during the week, taking them to church on Sunday, and exchanging them. Two of the most intimate and valued friends of Miss Adams were the daughter of the Rev. Jonathan Mayhew, afterwards married to Mr. Wainwright, and Miss Elizabeth Quincy, afterwards Mrs. Guild. These attachments continued uninterrupted, and were a source of much happiness throughout their lives.

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