ADAMS, ABIGAIL.  1744-1818.
Lot 2346
ADAMS, ABIGAIL. 1744-1818.
Sold for US$ 4,200 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
ADAMS, ABIGAIL. 1744-1818.
Autograph Letter Signed (“A. Adams”), 1 p, 4to, n.p., May 25, [1801], to Mrs. Greenleaf, mild creasing and toning to letter, small stain and pinholes to upper margin, red wax remnant at left margin, tipped at all edges to larger mount.

After John Adams’ disappointing loss to Thomas Jefferson in the 1800 Presidential election, the Adams family retired to their homestead in Quincy, Mass. Though she exerted considerable influence during her husband’s administration, Abigail was surprisingly content to take up family obligations in Quincy. In this letter to her niece, Lucy Cranch Greenleaf, daughter of her sister Mary Smith Cranch, she asks the younger woman a favor. In part: ”Will you be so kind as to purchase me a black if you can find one, legorn [sic] hat, a new fashiond one, if you can not get a black a yellow one will do, and a silk lace. I believe Richardson may have some. If the money I send by Mr. Belcher is not sufficient I will leave it with Louisa … Your Aunt Shaw has been confined to her chamber ever since this day weeke, but is getting better. My regards to Mr. Greenleaf. If you have any Letters for your Brother or Nancy I will take it to N. Yorke & forward it by the post from thence.”
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