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Adams Family Correspondence, volume 11, July 1795 – February 1797

Adams Papers   Digital Edition

Welcome to the Adams Papers Digital Edition, which began life as part of the Founding Families Digital Editions. Here in one, easily accessible resource you will find the content of the previously printed volumes of the Revolutionary-era Adams Papers, a long-standing documentary edition prepared at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This digital edition includes all text of the historical documents and all editorial text. There is a single consolidated index for volumes published through 2006, while the indexes for more recent volumes appear separately.

Finding Documents

What the Editorial Mark up Means

This digital edition displays all editorial mark up that appeared in the printed volumes; although the online view employs different conventions, the underlying code maintains the semantic value of the original transcription policies.

[roman]words that were difficult to decipher in the original or that have been conjectured by the editors
[roman?]very uncertain readings
[italics]editorial interjections to explain ms. condition, to clarify ambiguous terms, or to supply missing dates
romanmaterial struck out in the original ms.
||roman||text written in code by the author and decrypted by the editors
        spaces left blank in the ms. by the author
[…]damage to the manuscript that has eliminated text
romantext added or altered for digitization purposes

Creation of the Digital Edition

Where Are the Winthrops?

The final review of Winthrop volumes is still underway. If you would like to be a beta-tester for Winthrop Papers online while final correction and delivery development is still in progress, please contact Publications: publications@masshist.org.


Made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Harvard University Press and with technical assistance from Rotunda, the electronic imprint of the University of Virginia Press. The Packard Humanities Institute contributes significantly to all Adams Papers digital projects. The Founding Families team, past and present, are William Beck, Suzanne Carroll, Dov Frede, Holly Hendricks, Ondine Le Blanc, Jeanine Rees, Sara Sikes, C. James Taylor, and Paul Fotis Tsimahides. Much of this work could not have been done without the assistance and insight of the Adams Papers editors: Karen Barzilay, Mary Claffey, Judith Graham, Margaret A. Hogan, Robert Karachuk, Gregg Lint, and Hobson Woodward. FFP also benefited from the invaluable volunteer assistance of Margaret Meaney, Marcia Shanbaum, Bill Sloan, and Constantine Zavras.