By Phyllis Lee Levin
Wife of 1 president and mom of one other, Abigail Adams was once a rare girl residing at a unprecedented time in American background. A tireless letter author and diarist, her penetrating and sometimes caustic impressions of many 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 bills of the yank Revolution. This biography, researched and written over a fourteen-year interval, is an interesting portrait of an excellent girl on the middle of the founding of the yank republic.
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4 The months of February and March 1770 sealed Abigail and John’s decisive commitment to the cause of the colonists. Life was increasingly threatening, and already difficult enough for Abigail, pregnant again and mourning the death on February 4 of the fourteen-month-old Susanna, whom they had called Suky. ” Abigail was silent about this baby, with probably one exception. 5 * * * February’s military unrest did not come as a surprise. John had feared what Sam Adams called the “merry-andrew Tricks” of the troops of redcoats.
England had won Canada, Florida, Louisiana as far west as the Mississippi, and islands in the West Indies. It also owned Acadia, Cape Breton and its dependent islands, and fisheries in which France would retain some share. Louisiana west of the Mississippi, and the island of New Orleans were ceded to Spain by France. 8 Unfortunately, England’s bills were also without end. The national debt in 1764 rose to £140,000,000; to maintain 10,000 troops in America cost more than £300,000 per year. Thus far, expert smugglers and indifferent tax collectors had permitted a pittance, only £1,800 per year, to trickle into the British treasury.
At Least Fall with Ease PART FOUR 22. Faithful Are the Wounds 23. Rather Too Much than Too Little 24. The Young Shoots and Branches 25. The Close of the Drama Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index Praise for Abigail Adams Copyright For my husband; for my children and theirs. I know the voice of Fame to be mere weathercock, unstable as Water and fleeting as Shadow. Yet I have pride, I know I have a large portion of it. —ABIGAIL ADAMS The Quincy-Smith Family The John Adams Family Preface I first met Abigail when I was writing a book about historic houses in America, fifty houses in all.