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Unformatted text preview: As the war clouds began to gather for the coming Revolution, Adams remained a simple man living in povertylittle made him stand out in a crowd. He lived with his two children from his first wife, one slave, a Newfoundland dog, and his second wife, Elizabeth Welles. Welles, whom he wed in 1764, ran the family finances and had enough business sense to keep the family out of the poor house. Together, they oversaw the pious household: grace was said before every meal, and Bible passages were read at night. In June 1767, Adams's financial problems as tax collector came to a head. The city brought suit against him, and an appeal court ruled that he should pay the full amount, beginning with a payment of 1,463 pounds nine months hence. In March 1768, he appeared with a petition seeking more time, and, after a hot debate at a town meeting,...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08