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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

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OF

MRS. ADAMS,

THE WIFE OF JOHN ADAMS.

WITH AN

INTRODUCTORY MEMOIR

BY HER GRANDSON,

CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS.

VOLUME I.

SECOND EDITION.

BOSTON:

CHARLES C. LITTLE AND JAMES BROWN,

M DCCC XL,

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR; LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

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

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts..

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

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