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Collection Reference Number GLC05749
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1786 
Title Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson discussing life in Europe and various political and military figures
Date 11 February 1786
Author Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)  
Recipient Jefferson, Thomas  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Regrets that Colonel Humphries will be leaving Monday because her admiration for him and their friendship has grown over his stay. She believes that the two American Secretaries of Legation are worthy of more distinguished stations because "in Europe every being is estimated, and every country valued in proportion to their show & splendor." Expresses her wish to return to America and a private life. "I am really surfeited with Europe, and most heartily long for the rural cottage, the purer & honester manners of my native land." Begins discussing the appointment of a minister and states that Mr. Temple has been coldly received. Asks Jefferson to send her some items including fabric and lace. Below her signature is a John Adams autograph shopping list for four pairs of fashionable shoes, possibly for Abigail Adams. Recipient inferred due to content and because Adams gives love to Miss Jefferson.
Subjects Woman Author  Women's History  First Lady  President  Diplomacy  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Textile  
People Adams, Abigail (1744-1818)  Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  Humphreys, David (1752-1818)  
Place written London, England
Theme Women in American History; The Presidency; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information From 1785 to 1788 John Adams was minister to the Court of St. James's in Great Britain. He returned to America in 1788.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859