Tuesday, April 6, 2010
In the spring of 1762, while he was in Boston undergoing inoculation against smallpox, John Adams courted Abigail Smith through a series of letters. The future first lady was an equally enthusiastic correspondent. Those letters, along with scores of others that span a period of almost four decades, are available at the Massachusetts Historical Society's Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. There, in addition to the correspondence between John and Abigail, you will find the diaries of John Adams and the full text of his autobiography. The images above are of artist Gilbert Stuart's portraits of the couple and come from the National Gallery of Art.