This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... VII. ABIGAIL ADAMS, WIFE OF JOHN ADAMS AND MOTHER OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. Born in Weymouth, Nov. 11,1744. Died at Brslntree, ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... VII. ABIGAIL ADAMS, WIFE OF JOHN ADAMS AND MOTHER OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. Born in Weymouth, Nov. 11,1744. Died at Brslntree, Oct. 28,1818. "She was a woman of rare mind, high courage, and of a patriotism not less intense and devoted than that of any hero of the Revolution." -- John T. Monc, Jr. John Adams, writing to his wife amid the confusion and debate of the General Congress at Philadelphia, called her "saucy." He said it laughingly, for her sauciness pleased him. It always had. John Adams admired wit and spirit in a woman. He must have or he never would have married Abigail Adams. If Abigail Adams was saucy as a wife she was quite as saucy as a girl. When she and her "dearest friend," as she called John Adams, were engaged, she would make no promise to become an obedient wife or to fear her husband. "As a critic I fear you," she admitted. "And 'tis the only character," she added with delightful candor, "in which I ever did or ever will fear you. What say you? Do you approve of that speech? Don't you think me a courageous being? Courage is a laudable, a glorious virtue in your sex, why not in mine? For my part I think you ought to applaud me for mine." And he did " applaud" her for hers. Indeed, he had good reason to do so. For had it not been for her "courage," she would never have become his wife. Her friends and relatives disapproved of the match. Plain John Adams, one of the "dishonest tribe of lawyers," son of a small country farmer, was not considered worthy of Miss Abigail Smith, the parson's daughter, descendant of John Quincy and Thomas Shephard and a long, illustrious line of good Puritan divines. When John Adams was mentioned Miss Abby heard words of warning and disapproval passed upon all sides. But the independent young...Read Less
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