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The following day, the Declaration of Independence, penned by Thomas Jefferson, was announced. ”14 Abigail was elated over the news of the signing. She had reminded her husband to “remember the ladies,” which became one of her most famous quotations. The underlying meaning of her request has been debated ever since. Did she want equal rights for women to be enshrined in the declaration? Or was she asking that men not have so much power over their wives? Scholars continue to debate her meaning. Abigail was also concerned about slavery and even wondered if it had brought on the horrors of war and disease as God’s punishment for America.
Birthing a Nation ignored it. The mother country then sent 29,000 mercenaries to whip the colonies back into line. Abigail and John wrote to each other as he met with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman to draft the Declaration of Independence, the formal statement of American independence from Great Britain. Three hundred miles away Abigail was busy with her household cares, but she tried to keep up with everything that happened politically, and she fully supported independence.
Constitution. Later she was publicly critical of John Adams in print. He was furious and wrote letters to her that she deemed hateful. She demanded an apology, but he refused. When James Warren went to John Adams seeking a job, John was dismissive, which deepened the rift. Years later a truce was declared, and Abigail returned to writing letters to her old friend. * Cokie Roberts, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. New York: Harper Perennial, 2005, p. 49. ”4 It was largely through their letters that Abigail became not just her husband’s wife, but his closest political ally.