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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

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.

People: Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818.
Smith, Catherine, fl. 1813.

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