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Abigail Adams My name is Abigail Smith Adams I am the wife of the second president of the United States and I am also the mother of the sixth president I was born on November 1744 I lived on a farm at Weymouth I was often sick when I was young and for medicine I was given broths in which there was boiled snails or worms I have a older sister Mary and a younger sister Elizabeth and a brother My sisters were taught at the local schoolhouse and my brother had tutors who came to the house I had to stay home and outside the closed doors while my brother was tutored Back then girls were taught as little as possible It was the rule But being sick all the time got me closer to my father Parson Smith the preacher He taught me how to read make a quill pen and ink for writing Also he taught me to know my mind and stick with the decisions I make Sometimes I would help my mother make candles learn to make bread and soap and milk cows When young people stop by we would write to each other using pen names from the classic books or from mythology I signed my name Diana In my teens I met a lawyer named John Adams After that I signed Portia after the bold young woman in The Merchant of Venice One day when I was writing my mom came into my room She asked me what I was doing and I told her that I was writing a letter to John Adams I showed her the love letter that he wrote me and my mom was very upset My mom knew who John Adams was and did not like me being in love with a farmers son They didnt just farm for family use but they made a living out of it
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