My Dearest Friend

My Dearest Friend

Letters of Abigail and John Adams

by Abigail AdamsJohn Adams C. James Taylor and others

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/11/2010

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In 1762, John Adams penned a flirtatious note to "Miss Adorable," the 17-year-old Abigail Smith. In 1801, Abigail wrote to wish her husband John a safe journey as he headed home to Quincy after serving as president of the nation he helped create. The letters that span these nearly forty years form the most significant correspondence-and reveal one of the most intriguing and inspiring partnerships-in American history.

As a pivotal player in the American Revolution and the early republic, John had a front-row seat at critical moments in the creation of the United States, from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to negotiating peace with Great Britain to serving as the first vice president and second president under the U.S. Constitution. Separated more often than they were together during this founding era, John and Abigail shared their lives through letters that each addressed to "My Dearest Friend," debating ideas and commenting on current events while attending to the concerns of raising their children (including a future president).

Full of keen observations and articulate commentary on world events, these letters are also remarkably intimate. This new collection-including some letters never before published-invites readers to experience the founding of a nation and the partnership of two strong individuals, in their own words. This is history at its most authentic and most engaging.
ISBN:
9780674057050
9780674057050
Category:
Biography: historical
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-11-2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
528
Dimensions (mm):
235x162x27mm
Weight:
0.74kg

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