The Librarian's Mantra
ABIGAIL ADAMS was the wife of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. During the time that her husband was founding the United States, she wrote volumes of letters full of history, insight, personal information, and wisdom to her husband and to other figures. Her letters provide a huge insight into the times in which she lived and wisdom advanced for her time.
- Letters of Mrs. Adams, the Wife of John Adams (Google Books)
- Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams, during the Revolution (Google Books)
- Select Letters of Abigail Adams from 1761-1816 (Family Tales)
- New Letters of Abigail Adams (Internet Archive)
- Memoir of Mrs. Adams, by Charles Francis Adams (Internet Archive)
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS was a true son of the American Revolution. His father was John Adams, American Founding Father and statesman, and his mother was Abigail Adams, correspondent and writer. John Quincy Adams served with his father in foreign courts, as well as in the House of Representatives and as President. His writings are a rich legacy of the generation which proceeded from the Founding Fathers, and his words are the account of a man who grew up in the midst of the founding and lived to tell the proceeding generations about it.
- Selections from his Diary (Massachusetts Historical Society)
- Printed Voluminous Works (Internet Archive)
- Select Letters from 1779 -1831 (Family Tales)
- Poems of Religion and Society: with notices of his life and character (Making of America)
- Writings of John Quincy Adams (Google Books)
This is a plan for some updating I plan to do on this blog when I have the opportunity, that is, plenty of time to write and organize. But I don't think that I do today. Let me simply outline what I plan to do.
- Make a list of old books which are available online, which have helped me in my research, and which, I am sure, will be of help to others.
- Instead of having a single post with the writings of the Founders, I would like to make a directory of names of authors on the side-bar, so that their respective writings are easily accessible to the public. I will have a widget on the sidebar, with names of the various authors listed in alphabetical order by last name, which will lead you directly to a page on this blog that I will prepare for each author. It will have a brief biographical sketch, with some information that makes their writings relevant to the study of the American founding and history.
JOHN ADAMS of Massachusetts, was a Founding Father of the United States of America. He served as a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses. He was one of the members of the Committee of Five that drew up the Declaration of Independence, a document which he also signed. Adams served as foreign minister to several European powers, including Great Britain, France, Holland, and Spain. He was one of the three American diplomats who negotiated the Treaty of Paris (1783) which officially ended the American Revolutionary War. He was first Vice-President of the United States, as well as its second President.
He left his country an invaluable store of writings, which his fellow countrymen would be wise to peruse.
- Autobiography (Massachusetts Historical Society)
- Correspondence with Abigail Adams, from 1762-1801 (Massachusetts Historical Society)
- Diary (Massachusetts Historical Society)
- Selected Writings of John Adams (Founding.com)
- Public Official Messages and Speeches (Avalon Project)
- Published Voluminous Works of John Adams (Internet Archive)
- John Adams Library (Boston Public Library)