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Abigail Adams Correspondence

 Collection — Container: MS Am. 229
Call Number: MS Am. 229

Scope and Contents

Of the 22 letters in this collection, 20 are addressed to John Thaxter in which Abigail Adams writes about the war-time economy, the changing attitudes of American women, and the importance of public service. Other subjects include her management of the family farm, her husband’s absence, and her impressions of people such as General Burgoyne and events such as the siege of Newport.


  • 1770-1785
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/18/1944


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Language of Materials



This collection contains 22 letters written by Abigail Adams (1744-1818). Twenty are to John Thaxter, Jr. (1755-1891). The others are to Isaac Smith Elbridge Gerry.

Arrangement Note

Letters to John Thaxter are arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

F.G. Sweet

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Isacc Smith letter purchased from Goodspeed's Book Store in March, 1953. Original call number was Mss. Acc. 349.

Elbridge Gerry letter was purchased from F.G. Sweet in July, 1947. Original call number was Mss. Acc. 348.

Related Materials

Adams, Abigail (Smith), 1744-1818. A.L.S. to Thomas [     ]; Quincy, Mass, 2 March 1808. Ch.M.1.7. no 44.

Adams, Abigail (Smith), 1744-1818. A.L.S. to John Cranch; London, 7 March 1787. MS Eng. 483 (420)

Adams, Abigail (Smith), 1744-1818. A.LS. to Col. William S. Smith; [London]. Ch. A.4.46

Adams, Abigail (Smith), 1744-1818. A.L.S. to Col. William S. Smith; [Quincy]; 18 February 1813. Ch A.4.47

Adams, Abigail (Smith), 1744-1818. A.L.S. to Julia Stockton Rush; Quincy, Mass, 25 September 1813.

Adams, John, 1735-1826.  A.L.S. to Benjamin Rush; Braintree, 8 February 1778. Postscript by Abigail Adams. MS Adams 211

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Revision Statements

  • 2012: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, 2012.

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