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- John Adams letter to Abigail Adams.
Philadelphia, PA - 14 April 1776
As to your extraordinary code of laws, I cannot but laugh... Depend upon it, we know better than to repeal our masculine systems. Although they are in full force, you know they are little more than theory.
- Abigail Adams letter to John Adams.
Braintree, MA - 7 May 1776
I cannot say that I think you are very generous to the ladies; for, whilst you are proclaiming peace and good-will to men, emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over wives.