Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature: An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891. Vol. III: Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 17651787
To Benjamin Rush, On Mrs. Adamss Patriotism
By John Adams (17351826)
[Selections from Adamss Correspondence. From The Works of John Adams. Edited by his Grandson, Charles Francis Adams. 1856.]
WHEN I went home to my family in May, 1770, from the town meeting in Boston, which was the first I had ever attended, and where I had been chosen in my absence, without any solicitation, one of their representatives, I said to my wife, I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and the ruin of our children. I give you this warning, that you may prepare your mind for your fate. She burst into tears, but instantly cried out in a transport of magnanimity, Well, I am willing in this cause to run all risks with you, and be ruined with you, if you are ruined. These were times, my friend, in Boston, which tried womens souls as well as mens .