"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. so good night! I will dream on, always fancying that mrs Adams and yourself are by my side marking the progress and the obliquities of ages and countries"

-Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1816


John Adams ... Abigail Adams ... John Quincy Adams ... Reconciliation

John Adams

"he & myself have gone through so many scenes together that all his qualities have been proved to me, and I know him to possess so many good ones, as that I have never withdrawn my esteem..."

-Thomas Jefferson, 1804

Abigail Adams

“I have long known mr Jefferson, and have ever entertained a friendship for him..."

-Abigail Adams, 1797


John Quincy Adams

"you can never be an hour in this man's company without something of the marvelous"

-John Quincy Adams, describing dinner conversation with Thomas Jefferson, 1804


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The Adams-Jefferson Letters

The correspondence between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson spanned half a century and embraces government, philosophy, religion, quotidian, and family griefs and joys.

The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians

In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects they’ve come to so intimately know and understand, including: — David McCullough on John Adams — Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson — Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton

Jefferson's Secrets

When Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, he left behind a series of mysteries that have captured the imaginations of historical investigators for generations. In Jefferson's Secrets Andrew Burstein draws on sources previous biographers have glossed over or missed entirely