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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1812
|Abigail Adams to Hannah Cushing on the death of her nephew on the U.S.S. Constitution
|ca. 17 February 1812-1813
|Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)
|Non-governmental organization document
|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."
|First Lady Children and Family Death War of 1812 USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) Literature and Language Arts Women's History
|Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859