Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) to Catherine Smith
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03889
Author/Creator: Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)
Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 14 April 1813
Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 23.5 x 20.1 cm
Summary of Content: Writes to her granddaughter that parting with the children was ”a weight upon my heart.” Mourns the death of a sister, who was not able to say goodbye to her husband and children. Thanks Catherine for her letter and says she is longing to see her new great granddaughter Caroline. She passes on the news that Catherine’s spouse, Mr. Smith, will have the option of going to England as Secretary of Legation or returning to America. Forwards some letters from friends at Washington, and wishes her well.
Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815
Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author;, Women’s History;, Children and Family;, Death;, First Lady;, War of 1812;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Diplomacy;
Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison
Background: Abigail had a sister named Mary Cranch that died in 1811. It is possible she is speaking of her, though she also had another sister Elizabeth.
LOC Search Terms: Presidents’ spouses--United States--Personal History., Presidents--United States.Order Image