By Janet Hubbard-Brown
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He trusted her judgment. A Life-Changing Decision John returned to Braintree in November 1776 in desperate need of rest, as he had not been feeling well for months. By the time he left in February 1777, Abigail was pregnant. Over the next nine months, Abigail was concerned about the pregnancy. When she had a shaking fit just before giving birth, she was filled with dread. Her baby was stillborn. She was sad that Nabby would not have a sister, but she was also relieved that she survived. ”5 By the end of the year, John was appointed to a joint delegation in France to negotiate a treaty of alliance.
Phyllis Lee Levin, Abigail Adams: A Biography. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2001, p. 179. • 51 52 • Abigail Adams Jefferson, could not have been more different in looks and in philosophy, but both had been vital to American independence. The bonds they formed in Paris were strong. Jefferson became like a second father to John Quincy; Nabby thought of him as an uncle. Adams was happier than anyone had seen him in a long time. He had promised that if he could ever be with his family again he would change and not be irritable and melancholy.
After she witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill, she learned the British had burned Charlestown, Massachusetts, occupied Boston, and imposed curfews. The city was extremely dangerous for any patriots still trapped there. Abigail prayed fervently, believing that God was on the side of the colonists, and she wrote John about her fears for the cause’s future. The women of the colonies tried to go about their daily business, which included taking on some of the responsibilities of their husbands who were busy in meetings.
Abigail Adams: First Lady (Women of Achievment) by Janet Hubbard-Brown