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Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) to Richard Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02515 Author/Creator: Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 December 1816 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A friendly letter of introduction, revealing the intimacy between the Adams and Rush families. Adams was introducing Reverend Coleman, who was going to Washington to carry the presidential electoral votes from Massachusetts and to vacation as well. She believes they will get along well. Quotes William Cowper to describe him. Writes that her husband's hands hurt from the cold and from previous letter writing and that he sends his greetings. In GLC02852, John Adams uses "Colman" instead of "Coleman."

People: Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818.
Rush, Richard, 1780-1859.
Cowper, William, 1731-1800.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: First Lady, Election, Women's History, Woman Author, Women of the Founding Era, President Letter of Introduction or Recommendation, Government and Civics, Travel, Washington, D.C., Literature and Language Arts, Health and Medical

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison