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The Question Answered

The Question Answered

Chapter:
(p.359) Chapter 13 The Question Answered
Source:
Abigail and John Adams
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0014

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

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