FC: Abigail Adams Birth: November 11, 1744 Death: October 28,1818
1: "Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorab;e to them than you ancestos. Do not put such unlimited power in the hands of the Husbands" ~ Abigail Adams
3: March 6,1770 We have just received news about the Massacre in Boston. The mob stood no chace against the British soldiers and their weapons. I wonder how things got out of control, but John said it was bound to happen. He also said that royal troops were coming to enforce the taxes in the colonies. Many of the townspeople say that fifty people died. The doctor that looked at the civilians reported only five deaths. Three died on the scene and 2 died later on.Violence is on the rise between the people and the troops. It worries me that this is starting. There are rumors of plans being formed against the royal troops. John tells me that he might have to leave to help with the planning. I will miss him dearly. It will make life here harder on the kids and me. The childern will not like to work on the farm at such a young age, but we all have to help. I also heard that the soldiers are going to be on trial soon.I hope that justice will prevail and find them for the crimes that they have committed. I do think the mob helped start the chaos, and feel horrible for the families that have to mourn for their lost loved ones. The British government doesn't understand that the more military presence in Boston the more the people are going to rebel. The Stamp, Sugar, and Townshend Act keep adding to the fire that is building between the two groups. The people are going to want to strike back. Even if it costs more lives. John keeps telling me not to worry, and yet I can not help the feeling that is surrounding me. The nights are restless with these thoughts in my head. I am praying that war is not ahead. But I fear that i may be wrong.
4: December 17, 1773 It is the day after the sixteenth and with all the excitement and secracy I have had no time to write. It has been two long days.Yesterday, John and the rest of the Sons of Liberty went to the docks. It was a known fact to all of the colonist that there were British ships with about 500,000lbs of tea on board. At night the Sons of Liberty went aboard the ships dressed as Indians. It wasn't the best disguise, but it was worth the trouble. I would have to say that they dumped about 300 or more chests of tea in the water. It was the perfect protest against the Tea Act. The Red Coats had no idea who did the damage, well at least I hope they don't. When I went to the shop keeper today, I overheard him saying how much all of the tea was worth. It was was about one million dollars/ ninety thousand pounds. The chaos of the Tea Party had the Boston people up in arms. Everyone knowns that it is important to keep the identity of the Sons of Liberty a secret, but I'm unsure if they will. John was involved in the planning and the proceedings. He would definitely have to face the worst
5: penalty, death. So would all of the men if they were caught. It makes my stomach sick to know that my husband's life is on the line. When he left, I knew there was a chance that he wouldn't come back. It keeps getting more and more dangerous. He says he will stay safe, but I always have my doubts.
6: April 25, 1775 It is two days after the battles of Lexington and Concord. There was a warrent out for John's brother, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. Afte the Continental Congress meeting in Philadephia, I didn't think there was going to be violence. John said in a letter that they sent a compromise to King George the second to try and end the dispute between us and parliment. I don't understand why the King would reject the compromise. At Lexington our militia only had seventy soldiers next to the seven hundred British Regulars. The Regulars killed eight and wounded one of our soldiers. John was worried about his brother when the militia failed in Lexington, but he knew what awaited the Regulars in Concord. At Concord we had about four hundred to five hundred soldiers waiting for the British Reguals to arrive. The Regulars fell to the feet of the Massachusetts militia. Our soldiers only suffered 95 casualities. At the market today I heard that the British had three times the casualities. I knew we could win the battle.
7: Everyone was celebrating our victory. The Regulars buned our gun powder, but didn't win over our guns. they also did not arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock, which made the celebration all the better. The happiness that fills the people of Massachusetts is bitter sweet now. The battles have begun and the war has yet to follow. John and I both agree that a change is on the way. It may be a good change, or ahorrible one for us. All I know is that I will stand with my husband through these difficult times ahead.
8: These are just two of the 1,ooo letters that Abigail Adams sent to John Adams.
9: Below is a picture of Great Britian. Abigail Adams moved here with John Adams while he was the minister that was representing the United States in 1785. | Above is a picture of Paris. In 1784 Abigail went to join John Adams at his dipolmatic post in Paris.
10: To the right is John Adams, her husband.He taught her basic writing and reading. She also supported him through all his travels. | Above is a farm house. When John and Abigail got married they inherited John's fathers' farm house.
11: While John Adams was in the White House with George Washington, the two wives had become friends. They entertained frequently together throughout the presidency
12: To the left there is a picture of a young John Quincy Adams. He is one of Abiagil Adams six children.
13: To the left is a picture of the White House and the Capitall building is below. Abigail Adams was the First Lady for the second presidency. | During Abigail Adam's time at the white house with Martha Washington they had to provide entertainment at meetings and