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A significant other to John Adams and John Quincy Adams presents a set of unique historiographic essays contributed by way of major historians that conceal different facets of the lives and politics of John and John Quincy Adams and their spouses, Abigail and Louisa Catherine.
• good points contributions from most sensible historians and Adams’ scholars</b>
• Considers sub-topics of curiosity resembling John Adams’ position within the past due 18th-century dying of the Federalists, either Adams’ presidencies and efforts as diplomats, faith, and slavery<b>

• contains chapters on Abigail Adams and one on Louisa Adams

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B. bernstein and Charles C. Pinckney. Though Adams bridled at including Hamilton, the real issue was the order of seniority of the officers’ commissions. Adams preferred to put Knox or Pinckney first; Washington made it clear that Hamilton was his first choice; Pinckney graciously offered to serve without regard to seniority; and Knox was so hurt by the controversy that he ­withdrew his name. The imbroglio exasperated Adams. Already doubting the quasi-war’s wisdom, he now began to seek a means to avert a full-blown war with France.

Adams’s letters display the intellectually venturesome, playful, and self-mocking facets of his personality that have endeared him to later generations. Jefferson’s letters are graceful miniature essays, modeled on Cicero’s letters to his friend Atticus, a body of Roman literature that both men treasured. In 1818, Adams reported to Jefferson that Abigail had fallen gravely ill; on October 28, 1818, before Jefferson even received Adams’s letter, Abigail Adams died, three days after their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary.

Walsh’s book won praise for its rigor, but attracted criticism for its divorce of Adams’s political thought from his life. The next monographic study of John Adams, appearing nearly four ­decades after Walsh’s study, remains one of the most innovative studies in john adams: the life and the biographers 29 Adams scholarship and the history of ideas. Zoltan Haraszti, keeper of rare books at the Boston Public Library, explored the collection of Adams’s books deposited in his library’s rare book collection.

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