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‘read such parts as you think proper to , , , our Friends”

To end this tale of ABIGAIL ADAMS’s journey by ship from America to London in 1788, here are some of the observations she made upon her arrival. Her husband and son were not there to greet her but friends helped her get settled. She describes her...
From: In the Words of Women on 10 Nov 2019

“then my Lad you Swing”

On route to London from Deal, where the passengers from the ship Active were put ashore, ABIGAIL ADAMS describes an encounter with a highwayman in the journal she is intending to send to her sister MARY CRANCH. From Chatham we proceeded, on our way as...
From: In the Words of Women on 5 Nov 2019

“a Wave landed us with the utmost force upon the Beach”

Taking up where we left off….ABIGAIL ADAMS and other passengers from the ship Active have been lowered into a pilot boat which attempts to land at a town named Deal, slightly north of Dover on the English coast: “you must be run right on...
From: In the Words of Women on 28 Oct 2019

“. . . I have Safely landed upon the British coast.”

In July of 1784, ABIGAIL ADAMS was nearly at the end of her journey across the Atlantic to London where she was to join her husband John. As readers who have been following her story will appreciate, it was a fraught passage. The vessel finally arrived...
From: In the Words of Women on 26 Oct 2019

“merit; not tittles, gave a man preeminence in our Country”

“I long for the day which will give us land,” ABIGAIL ADAMS says in the journal she kept for her sister MARY CRANCH. The ship Active, bearing her to England, is nearing the end of its journey. But Abigail still has time to describe a passenger...
From: In the Words of Women on 21 Oct 2019

I am quite out of conceit with calms.

ABIGAIL ADAMS continues the journal she kept on the Atlantic crossing, intending to send it to her sister MARY CRANCH when she joined her husband in London. She describes a “calm” at sea and claims that it is harder on the body “than...
From: In the Words of Women on 19 Oct 2019

Such a fellow is a real imposition upon the passengers . . . .

After a rather long absence due to family medical problems I am posting again on In the Words of Women. We left ABIGAIL ADAMS on board the ship Active sailing for England in 1784 where she was to join her husband John. She had been keeping a journal for...
From: In the Words of Women on 15 Oct 2019

“that phenomenon of Nature; a blaizing ocean”

ABIGAIL ADAMS continues her description of details of her voyage to England for her sister MARY CRANCH. If I did not write every day, I should lose the days of the month, and of the week, confined all day . . . on account of the weather; which is foggy,...
From: In the Words of Women on 18 Jun 2019

“hopes of a joyfull meeting of my long absent Friend”

ABIGAIL ADAMS continues writing to her sister MARY CRANCH on board the ship Active on its way to England where Abigail will join her “long absent Friend”, her husband John. Abigail promises to post the journal to her sister immediately upon...
From: In the Words of Women on 11 Jun 2019

“The Sea running mountain high . . . “

On a voyage across the Atlantic in 1784 to join her husband John in London, ABIGAIL ADAMS kept a journal intended for her sister MARY CRANCH. Once her seasickness had abated Abigail took charge and supervised the cleaning of the passenger rooms on the...
From: In the Words of Women on 4 Jun 2019

“that most disheartning, disspiriting malady, Sea sickness”

After the treaty of peace between Britain and the United States had been signed in 1783 John Adams, who had been named Minister to Britain, begged his wife Abigail to join him in London. His pain at their continued separation— it had been nearly...
From: In the Words of Women on 27 May 2019

” we both of us haveing been talking and wishing for you”

A newsy letter from ABIGAIL ADAMS to her sister MARY CRANCH in Salem. Abigail has one child, a daughter Nabby, and Mary has a daughter Betsy. Happy to be home after a visit to Weymouth Abigail is feeling a little “lonesome” even though she...
From: In the Words of Women on 15 May 2019

“that quilted contrivance”

The correspondence between ABIGAIL SMITH ADAMS, MARY SMITH CRANCH, and ELIZABETH SMITH SHAW/PEABODY reveals the strong bond that existed between the Smith sisters. Mary was the eldest, followed by Abigail, and Elizabeth “Betsy.” Mary was...
From: In the Words of Women on 4 May 2019

“the mighty Day is over”

Mary Smith Cranch reported to ABIGAIL ADAMS details of the commencement exercises at Harvard, during which John Quincy Adams and Billy Cranch received their degrees, and the entertainment that followed. Every candidate for a degree had to give a commencement...
From: In the Words of Women on 25 Aug 2016

“my Nephew walks about . . . crying “oh Lord! oh Lord”

MARY SMITH CRANCH wrote to her sister ABIGAIL ADAMS in England about preparations for the graduation from Harvard of John Quincy Adams and her son Billy Cranch. A huge celebration after the commencement exercises on July 17 is planned. Lots and lots of...
From: In the Words of Women on 22 Aug 2016

“past through the university with so much reputation”

Eartlier in 1787, before ABIGAIL ADAMS and John had set out on their tour of the West Country of England, Abigail wrote her sister Mary Cranch (July 16) complaining that John Quincy Adams and Mary’s son Billy, both due to graduate from Harvard,...
From: In the Words of Women on 18 Aug 2016

“that retiring grace, which awes whilst it enchants”

ABIGAIL ADAMS finishes her long letter to her sister Mary Cranch in which she described their experiences and the impressions she had of the places they stopped at and the people they met. The map of Devon shows these towns they visited: Axbridge, Exeter,...
From: In the Words of Women on 15 Aug 2016

“a tour of about six hundred miles”

When John and ABIGAIL ADAMS were in London—John being the American minister to England from 1785 to 1788—they lived at 9 Grosvenor Square. As an expat in London I visited the site which is on the northeast corner at the intersection of Duke...
From: In the Words of Women on 4 Aug 2016

“the joint effort & concert of Many”

On December 22, 1799, ABIGAIL ADAMS wrote a letterhref> to her sister Mary Cranch expressing her thoughts and feelings about George Washington and his death. She wrote another to Mary on January 28, 1800. While praising Washington Abigail was quick...
From: In the Words of Women on 25 Feb 2016

Martha’s “personal Grief and anguish of mind”

In a letter dated December 30, 1799, Abigail Adams wrote her sister Mary Cranch that her nephew Will Smith Shaw (son of her sister Elizabeth Shaw Peabody and private secretary of John Adams) had set out for Mount Vernon some days earlier to deliver messages...
From: In the Words of Women on 22 Feb 2016

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