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He had written Abigail about his concern about spies and kept many details of the negotiations from her, which caused her great frustration. Her friend • 41 42 • Abigail Adams Mercy Warren, who always seemed to have knowledge of what was going on among the various statesmen, told Abigail that her husband would stay in Europe. To Abigail’s amazement, on August 3, 1779, John and John Quincy showed up in a small boat that they rowed to shore. Abigail was both shocked and overjoyed to see them. Over the next few weeks, she and John took many long walks together; to her it felt like a honeymoon.
He and Jay and Benjamin Franklin now had to work together to negotiate the peace with Great Britain. After extremely difficult negotiations, the Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1783. ”11 He wanted her to come to France. • 45 5 Quest for Fame A bigail made sacrifices that went well beyond those of many other women whose husbands were involved in colonial politics. These sacrifices were also opportunities because they allowed her, to a degree that was exceptional for the times, to demonstrate her abilities.
The Adams family stopped in Paris first, where they met up with Thomas Jefferson and his daughter. There was talk that Jefferson would succeed Franklin as minister to France, an idea that pleased Adams. For his part, John hoped to be appointed to the British Court. Abigail, who had lived in a cottage of seven rooms, could not believe the 50-room house John took her to. The reception room, dining room, and kitchen were on the first floor, along with the servants’ quarters. The family lived • 49 50 • Abigail Adams upstairs, where the furnishings were sparse.