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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1813
|Abigail Adams to Catherine Smith containing family news
|14 April 1813
|Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)
|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.
|Woman Author Women's History Children and Family Death First Lady War of 1812 Global History and Civics Diplomacy
|Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) Smith, Catherine (fl. 1813)
|Children & Family; Women in American History; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; War of 1812
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859