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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840, by

CHARLES Francis Acams, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of

Massachusetts.

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BOSTON:

PRINTED BY FREEMAN AND BOLLES,

WASHINGTON STREET.

PREFACE

TO THE SECOND EDITION.

The extremely favorable reception which the Letters of Mrs. Adams have thus far met with from the American public, encourages the Editor to attempt the present republication of them. The opportunity has been taken to revise the text by a fresh comparison with the original manuscripts, and carefully to correct that portion of the work which was supplied by himself. Objections to the somewhat unwieldy size of the former volume have been removed by dividing the matter which it contained into two. In order to do this, however, it was found necessary to add a few letters. These, together with a commentary upon them in the memoir, originally prepared for the first

edition, and finally excluded from it only because of the unexpectedly large space which the letters of earlier date were found to occupy, are now inserted. In all other respects the two editions do not differ.

Boston, December, 1840.

CONTENTS.

Page

xiii

1774.

To the same.

19 August. Time tedious in his absence.

Anxiety for the future. Reading Rollin

13

To the same. 2 September. Popular excitement. Seiz-

ure of the warrants for summoning juries. Drought . 15

To the same. 14-16 September. Warlike preparations

of Governor Gage. The gunpowder in Braintree se-
cured by the people. They force the Sheriff to surren-
der warrants and burn them. Dismay of the Tories.
At Colonel Quincy's. Students at law in her house.

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