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Collection Reference Number GLC03889
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1813 
Title Abigail Adams to Catherine Smith containing family news
Date 14 April 1813
Author Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)  
Recipient Smith, Catherine  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes to her granddaughter that parting with the children was "a weight upon my heart." Mourns the death of a sister, who was not able to say goodbye to her husband and children. Thanks Catherine for her letter and says she is longing to see her new great granddaughter Caroline. She passes on the news that Catherine's spouse, Mr. Smith, will have the option of going to England as Secretary of Legation or returning to America. Forwards some letters from friends at Washington, and wishes her well.
Subjects Woman Author  Women's History  Children and Family  Death  First Lady  War of 1812  Global History and Civics  Diplomacy  
People Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)  Smith, Catherine (fl. 1813)  
Place written Quincy, Massachusetts
Theme Children & Family; Women in American History; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; War of 1812
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Abigail had a sister named Mary Cranch that died in 1811. It is possible she is speaking of her, though she also had another sister Elizabeth.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859