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Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) to Clement Cotterell

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05343 Author/Creator: Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) Place Written: [London, England] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: circa February 1788 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Requests Cotterell inform her whether or not she has an appointment at court that day with King George III and the Queen. She and John Adams were requesting their leave of the court as he had been called back to America. Undated, date inferred from events.

People: Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818.
Cotterell, Clement, fl. 1788.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Women's History, Woman Author, First Lady, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Diplomacy, President, Vice President

Sub Era: Creating a New Government