John Adams Book

The Case:

A woman in Littleton, New Hampshire inherited her husband's aunt's belongings, which include a curious late-eighteenth century book titled "Trials of Patriots.”

It contains what appears to be President John Adams' signature in three places, and includes an inscription, “Charles Adams from His Father, 1794.”

The book is a collection of trial transcripts chronicling the sedition trials of Irish and Scottish radicals. If the book is indeed from Adams to his son, it could reveal pivotal clues about the inter-workings of this presidential family.

History Detectives examines the Adams family's correspondence and conflict as they balanced home life with public service.

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