May 27, 1776

Abigail Adams writes to her husband John, distressed by the lack of letters from him.  “What can be the reason I have not heard from you since the 20 of April, and now tis the 27 of May. My anxious foreboding Heart fears every Evil…

At the same time, John is writing to Abigail:  “I have three of your Favours, before me—one of May 7., another of May 9. and a third of May 14th. The last has given me Relief from many Anxieties…

Source: May 27, 1776

[Other letters from their correspondence may be more famous, but I like this pair for the human touch revealed.  Too often, we fall into the “great man” trap of history, when it’s really decisions made by real, multi-dimensional people.]

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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