A sampling of quotes from the letters of John and Abigail Adams

From Abigail Adams:

I long to fold to my fluttering heart the dear object of my warmest affections.


In the new code of laws it will be necessary for you to make ... remember the ladies...

Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.

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The great distance between us makes the time appear very long to me.

I wonder that I write to you with so little restraint.



From John Adams:

“Miss Adorable, - By the same token that the bearer hereof sat up with you last night, I hereby order you to give him as many kisses, and as many hours of your company after 9 o’clock as he shall please to demand, and charge them to my account.”

[Making a list of Abigail’s “faults”]

“A sixth Imperfection is that of walking with the toes bending inward. This Imperfection is commonly called parrot-toed, I think.”

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