Chapter

The Question Answered

in Abigail and John Adams

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226037431
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226037448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0014
The Question Answered

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This chapter, which focuses on the end of Royall Tyler Jr.'s courtship and Nabby Adams' marriage to Colonel William Smith, describes the exchange of letters between Tyler and Adams showing that the latter had not reformed to be deemed suitable for Nabby. It suggests that this correspondence illustrates the power of tropes of sensibility to affect this most crucial transition in the lives of women of this era.

Keywords: Nabby Adams; courtship; Royall Tyler Jr.; William Smith; correspondence; sensibility

Chapter.  15176 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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