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Collection Reference Number GLC09394
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title Abigail Adams to Hannah Cushing on the death of her nephew on the U.S.S. Constitution
Date ca. 17 February 1812-1813
Author Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)  
Document Type Non-governmental organization document
Content Description Comforts Hannah Cushing on the death of her nephew, John Cushing Aylwin, who died aboard the U.S.S. Constitution after its battle with the HMS Java in December 1812. Adams quotes from Cato: "How beautiful is death when earned by virtue / Who would not be that youth? What pity is it / That we can die but once to serve our Country."
Subjects First Lady  Children and Family  Death  War of 1812  USS Constitution (Old Ironsides)  Literature and Language Arts  Women's History  
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859