“…remember the ladies…”
Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818)
Wife and counselor of President John Adams
If Abigail Adams had been named Absalom Adams, he surely would have been a conspicuously good candidate to be a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congresses.
Abigail was an indefatigable advisor to her husband, a deeply wise observer of public affairs, a patriotic supporter of the Revolutionary War and a staunch advocate of common sense and the public good.
In March 1776, when John was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Abigail took care to include the following in one of her letters to him:
“…in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more favorable to them than your ancestors…”
Abigail was a remarkable American in the 18th century.
David G. McCullough, John Adams (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001), 104.