Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ahead of her time...

"I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, 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 generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.

"Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

"That your sex are naturally tyrannical is a truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute; but such of you as wish to be happy willingly give up -- the harsh tide of master for the more tender and endearing one of friend.

"Why, then, not put it out of the power of the vicious and the lawless to use us with cruelty and indignity with impunity?

"Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the (servants) of your sex; regard us then as being placed by Providence under your protection, and in imitation of the Supreme Being make use of that power only for our happiness."
Excerpt of a letter from Abigail Adams
to her husband John, 31 March 1776


  1. AMEN!!! For Our Happiness!


  2. That last paragraph says it all. Abigail was apparently a strong woman married to a strong man. The perfect combination. I don't know much about her, but it is clear that she MUST have been a solid influence on one of our greatest founding fathers. An example for women and wives everywhere.