Donna Miller as Abigail Adams
Dressed in period clothing,
Judge Miller entertained us by reading letters from her
husband, John Adams, who was in Philadelphia at the
Constitutional Convention and she read letters as she was
writing them to him.
Abigail Smith was descended
from the Quincy family and was brought up among books
that she avidly read in spite of her meager education.
She married Harvard graduate and lawyer, John Adams in
1764, a marriage that would lovingly last over 50 years.
One of her first letters tells
her husband on the death on 17 June, 1775 of Dr. Joseph
Warren. Later she talks of the damage done to Cambridge
by the British and even later of the constant sound of
rockets and shells.
She makes a great point of her
view that women should also be a part of the government
but her husband cautions that this new experiment in
government should proceed cautiously at first. She then
receives news from John dated 3 July 1776 that a new
Declaration of Independence has been signed and she is
Pastfinders were fortunate to
witness such a meaningful and well presented small
segment of American History. Judge Miller showed the
feelings of hope and and at times, despair, that
certainly would have been Abigails at the time.
Judge Miller answered
questions at the end of her portrayal and showed how
extensively she has studied this woman and that period of
American History. She admitted, though, that she has yet
to visit the Adams Houses in Massachusetts shown here as
background. We hope she gets to see the original setting
of the events that she has put so much work into bringing
to life for us.