of Tobias Lear, Portsmouth, 1985.
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.
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.
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.
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
your affectionate Friend
and Hble Svt M Washington5
Our best wishes to
Mrs Smith & ca