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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams, the devoted and stalwart wife of John Adams, was born in November 1744, and left this world October 28, 1818 from typhoid fever. She was self-educated and an avid letter-writer validated by the multitudes of letters she wrote to her beloved John.

Abigail was a force in her time. She advocated for married women's property rights, and better opportunities for women especially in education. Abigail believed slavery was an evil institution and spoke openly against it.

When John was elected President of the United States, Abigail was the first lady to live in the White House, or the President's House. She and John were Unitarian Christian and are buried side by side in a crypt in the United First Parish Church in Quincy, Massachusetts, also known as The Church of the Presidents. 

Here are some of her most famous quotes.

"When will Mankind be convinced that true Religion is from the Heart, between Man and his creator, and not the imposition of Man or creeds and tests?"

“I hate to complain...No one is without difficulties, whether in high or low life, and every person knows best where their own shoe pinches.” 

“I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.” 

“Remember the Ladies.” 

“Great necessities call out great virtues.” 

“A people fired ... with love of their country and of liberty, a zeal for the public good, and a noble emulation of glory, will not be disheartened or dispirited by a succession of unfortunate events. But like them, may we learn by defeat the power of becoming invincible.”

“I need a sitting room where I can entertain my friends, but I must have a library where my books entertain me.” 

Rita Gerlach writes historical romances and historical dramas set in both Colonial America and Georgian England. You can visit her site at http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com


  1. I studied Abigail's correspondence for my senior thesis in college and what I loved was discovering Scripture embedded in most of her letters. No book, chapter and verse attributions, just Scripture itself, as if it was so ingrained in her mind that it flowed out through her pen. A very remarkable woman in so many respects!

    1. Thanks for sharing that, Anne. She was remarkable indeed. And we owe a lot to her.

  2. Rita, Thanks for this post on Abigail. She was a heroine in her own right!

  3. Thank you for this post, Rita. Since I'm going to be putting together a library in my house for the first time, I think I'll adopt Abigail's saying, "I need a sitting room where I can entertain my friends, but I must have a library where my books entertain me.” I might get it done in calligraphy and frame it. Yep, I gonna do it.

  4. Loved your collection of quotes Rita and I agree with Susan about my favorite.

    Just imagine the view of history Abigail Adams had. Incredible.

  5. “I need a sitting room where I can entertain my friends, but I must have a library where my books entertain me.”
    YESS MA'AM!!

    Interesting lady, thank you for the post!


  6. I lve learning about this woman. I find her to be so inspiring!

  7. I love reading about Abigail Adams, thanks for the great Post.

  8. We tend to forget that the founders of our country weren't only men. There were a number of really amazing women involved in the Revolution who played a wide number of roles. Thank you for the reminder, Rita!

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