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My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Dear John letters never looked so good nor read so well.

    You are in the corridor of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and in a little sitting room in Braintree in the mid 1770's, looking over the shoulders of a young man and his often-left-behind wife as they tell each other the news. You are with these two as they discuss their children, their neighbors, health care, politics and what will become the founding document of America. In the letter John writes to Abigail after the vote on "Independency" is taken, his first six paragraphs respond to her news in an earlier letter. Only in the last two short paragraphs does this pivotal figure of history tell her that "the greatest Question was decided, which ever was debated in America..." And his next letter, the same day, describes how history will celebrate the Fourth of July many years hence. This is history, biography and romance, original documents of a couple the likes of whom we have not seen since.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Step into history

    We chose this selection for our book club because we are going to Boston and will have a private tour of the Adams library. The letters are slow-going for the first 50 pages because of the archaic spellings and mechanics. Those pages help the reader get into the flow of Abigail's and John's style, their relationship, and the issues they discuss. After toughing it out, the reader gets hooked. It is rewarding to read their letters as primary resources, seeing their times together and separated reflecting history through their close relationship. A slough at first; this has proved engrossing. Time and energy well-spent. Very interesting to see how health, finances, and all that is the dailiness of life concerned them as it concerns us.

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