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From: Pat della Piana <>
Subject: Re: "John & Abigail ADAMS" biography on TV
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 07:59:36 -0800 (PST)
I didn't watch the PBS program as I had family visiting from out of state, but wanted to let you know of a book I read a year or so ago titled, "Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams", by Lynne Withey. Published by Touchstone in 1981, the ISBN is 0-7432-2917-7. The Boston Globe says of it "As lively, sensible and forthright as the woman about whom it is written ... illuminating ..."
The book gives a lot more than the love story of a former President and his wife. It also describes in great detail, from Abigail's own letters, the life and times of Weymouth, Massachusetts at that time. She was intelligent, observant and witty, and all of that shows in her letters. This book should accompany the PBS program. I plan to catch the next showing on television.
Patricia della Piana
Searching (among others): Adams, Anderson, Andrews, Arundel, Bailey (Bayley), Bass, Bates, Baxter, Bicknell, Blackman, Blanchard, Blayney, Bonville, Brackett, Briesler, Burrell, Bussey, Capen, Carver, Catalano, Clark, Clough, Cobb, Copeland, Decker, Derby, Dorman, Dyer, Edson, Faxon, Ford, French, Garment, Gay, Gilman, Glen(n), Glover, Goode, Gregory, Harding, Hayden, Hayward, Herrish, Hersey, Hobart, Holbrook, Hooke, Hunt, Hunter, Huttof, Hyland, Ibrook, Ivey, Jacob, James, Jennings, Jones, Josselyn, Joy, Kingman, Litchfield, Littlefield, Long/Loud, Loring, Ludden, MacCoy, Matthews, McNuge, Mitton, Morton, Nash, Neale, Newcomb, Noyes, Otis, Packard, Parker, Payne, Penniman, Percival, Phillips, Pierce, Pike, Pittse, Pope, Porter, Powyes, Pratt, Putnam, Reay, Reed, Richards, Ringuette, Robinson, Schofield, Shaw, Shepherd, Sholand, Smith, Spear, Stainwood, Streame, Sumner, Swan, Thayer, Thomas, Tirrell, Tomson, Tower, Turner, Upham, Vinton, Wales, Ward, Wellman, West, Whit!
White, Whitman, Whitmarsh, Whitney, Yeardley.
May all your research be productive, all your links connected
May every name you recognise, be a relative 'anew'
But if this doesn't happen, and you feel you are bogged down
Remember life is so much easier, with a smile and not a frown...
For when all seems pointless, and the dates they never match
Remember just one step further, and you could find another batch
Of names and dates and places, to help you on your way
Of new found friends around the world, to whom you say 'g'day!'
So sharpen up the pencils, have the notepads nice and new
And kickstart the friendly emails, as I share my notes with you.
(c) Chris Goopy, Australia, 2004
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