John Adams - Part 3, Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

David McCullough
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Part 3, Chapter 11 Summary

Adams had to decide how to adjust to an abundance of free time and figure out where money would come from. He sensed he had little time left and stated with certainty that neither he nor Abigail had any interest in politics or office holding. They had done all the good they could for their country. A wild northeaster struck as soon as Adams arrived home, forcing them into seclusion, but a stiff one-sentence note from the new president somehow made it through. In reply, Adams confessed the sufferings he had endured over Charles' death and suggested he was surprised not to have received some word of sympathy. Then, he wished the new administration success. Jefferson did not respond, and no more letters passed between them for eleven years. The Adamses were not given to complaining but smarted over being despised by some, irrelevant to...

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