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"My dearest friend . . . "A frequent salutation in letters exchanged between John Adams and Abigail Adams.
From Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
The Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive was created by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, with a grant from a private charitable trust.
Thanks to the Vermont Historical Society for granting us permission to include the earliest diary of John Adams, part of the Royall Tyler Collection, gift of Helen Tyler Brown.
Thanks to Cliff Wulfman, Perseus Project, Tufts University, for valuable advice regarding encoding procedures and methodology.
Thanks to Donna Cantarella of the Westwood Public Schools, and Richard Kollen, of Lexington High School, who were Adams Teacher Fellows during the summer of 2002 and provided valuable feedback and suggestions.