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Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) to Dolley Madison

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01104 Author/Creator: Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 October 1816 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Responds to an earlier letter from Madison and remarks that receiving it was an unexpected pleasure but mentions a mistake (not specified) regarding it. Comments that a friend did not have the power to comply with the circumstances communicated by Mr. Stodert. Remarks that this friend has high personal regard for James Madison. States that Dolley need not have apologized for not replying to her letter because it is sufficient that her request (not specified) was complied with. Mentions that John Quincy Adams is very satisfied with William Steuben Smith, his assistant. Asks to give her regards to President Madison and expresses regret that she was not able to get to know him better as she was sick during the winters he spent in Philadelphia. Address and docket are on a separate slip of paper.

People: Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818.
Madison, Dolley, 1768-1849.
Madison, James, 1751-1836.
Smith, William Steuben, 1787-1850.
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: First Lady, Women's History, President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison