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This was written in the first person I was born in November 11 1744 My mothers name was Elizabeth Quincy Adams and My fathers name was Reverend William Smith My mother was a descendent of the Quincys A descendent of a 17th century puritan preacher Thomas Shepard of Cambridge My father and other forbearers were Congregational ministers My father was a well-educated man He was well-off He was easy going and very friendly He told me to to say all the handsome things you could of persons but not evil I often went with my mother to help the needy We would take food fuel and clothing to them We also visited the sick As a child I was stubborn but shy I was always sick My parents specially mother worried that I would have a short life span as many children that time did I often complained to my sisters about my mother I complained about how she was very protective My mother Elizabeth expected obedience and good conduct out of her children My father lightened things up a little Our household wasnt very severe My father balanced things out People at the time believed that only boys should be admitted to the schools So I like other woman that time didnt receive any formal education But my grandmother taught me what I needed to know But the lack of formal education spurred a interest in reading for me Id read anything from the Bible to poems history philosophy essays and sermons I loved it I was curious to know more and that was the way I learned Reading created a bond between John Adams and me John Adams was a graduate from Harvard and started a career in law John and I met a my sister Marys wedding I think John might at first been intimidated by me because he was intimidated my intelligent women When we met I was
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