I’m exceedingly pleased to announce that very soon, Founding Letters will be expanding to include the letters of several additional Founding Fathers! And better yet, we’re even including a Founding Mother!
Our first new addition will be the letters of our nation’s true Father, our first President, the great George Washington. I’m thrilled to include his voice with Jefferson and Adams, since no collection of founding documents could ever be complete without Washington.
Of course, in my own humble opinion, no collection of founding documents could ever be complete without the words of the women who served as our nation’s Founding Mothers as well. They often don’t get quite as much attention as the likes of Washington, Jefferson, or Adams, but they deserve our love, admiration, respect, and reverence just as much as their husbands. As the old saying goes, behind every great man, is a great woman. I think it’s high time we get to know those great women!
So we’ll be kicking off a brand new category of writings, Founding Love Letters. Not many people are familiar with the softer side of our American revolution. It was the men and their wives who formed the marriage of our union, ultimately giving birth to our nation. I think it’s high time we celebrate the love between the Founding Fathers and their remarkable wives.
Our very first collection of Founding Love Letters will be the entirety of the correspondence between John Adams and his fascinating wife, Abigail. Their marriage, their relationship, was unique in so many ways. Abigail was a strong, independent, intelligent woman who cared deeply for her husband, her family, and her country. Her husband’s duties often kept him away from her and the family home, which left Abigail to run a household almost entirely on her own. But her mind was always with her husband, and her intense intelligence kept her curious about the finer points of the burgeoning revolution. The letters John and Abigail sent back and forth contain a fascinating history of the daily affairs of the Continental Congress, as Abigail would constantly request details of what John and his colleagues were up to as they fought to form a new nation.
But what makes this history so particularly special, is the context in which it was written. These intimately imparted stories of our founding are wrapped in flowery words of love and longing between a husband and wife, separated for long periods of time as they both strive to fulfill their duties to the country they love. This is truly the most personal, heartfelt way to learn about the founding of our nation, and the men and women to whom we owe our freedoms.
I hope you’ll stick around for these new additions to the site! I have a lot of ideas, plans, and questions to bounce off you all. But I’m hoping that all of you will contribute by adding your own comments, thoughts, ideas and suggestions, so that this project can blossom into something special.