July 06, 2012

Warren and Adams

“History is not the province of the ladies.” —John Adams

Adams allegedly wrote this after being dissatisfied with the characterization of him by Mercy Otis Warren in her History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution. No wonder he was peeved after remarks such as this: “After Mr. Adam’s return from England, he was implicated by a large portion of his countrymen as having relinquished the republican system, and forgotten the principles of the American Revolution, which he had advocated for near twenty years.” Burn, indeed. Though they had previously been close friends the publishing of this history led to a great rift between Warren and Adams. It is unclear whether this feud was resolved before Warren’s death in 1814.