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Episode 7: Peacefield

The long, close relationship shared by Abigail and John Adams ended with her death from typhoid fever on 28 October 1818. Abigail was almost 74 years old and had been married to John for 54 years. John corresponded with his son, John Quincy, and his old friend Thomas Jefferson about his profound sadness upon her death.

Excerpt from Letter from John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 10 November 1818

Letter excerpt from John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 10 November 1818
My ever dear, ever affectionate, ever dutiful and deserving Son,

The bitterness of Death is past. The grim Specter so terrible to human Nature has no sting left for me.

My consolations are more than I can number. The Separation cannot be so long as twenty Seperations heretofore. The Pangs and the Anguish have not been so great as when you and I embarked for France in 1778.
John Adams (signature)