— John Adams on Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Rush, January 25, 1806
"In April  Thomas returned to Philadelphia to establish a legal practice there. Abigail had hoped he would settle near Quincy, and she parted with him reluctantly. She worried about him, especially about the danger of yellow fever; she made him promise that he would flee the city at the first sign of disease. She also wrote to a close friend in Philadelphia, Mary Otis, asking that Thomas be permitted to board with them. She was concerned about his "delicate" health, she told Mrs. Otis, and would rest easier knowing that he lived under her "maternal care."
Thomas himself had other ideas, preferring to live in a boarding house recommended by his friends rather than board with the Otises. Thomas had a streak of independence that caused him to bridle at his mother’s protectiveness. He chose to live in Philadelphia and live on his own. He spent much of his time with Quakers, and preferred their simple dress to the ornate styles fashionable in the 1790s. He refused to wear a wig or dress his hair in the manner common among gentlemen, despite his parents’ criticism. He wrote gleefully to Abigail of an encounter with a man who had known John twenty years earlier. The gentleman, he wrote, said that Thomas reminded him of his father as a young man; in particular, John had worn his hair the same way. ”Did he, indeed, Sir?” Thomas responded. “The information is very acceptable to me and shall not be lost, for I have been somewhat persecuted since my return on account of the cut of my hair.” The man replied that no doubt it was because the wigless Thomas appeared too “democratic.”“
-Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynne Withey
— From Washington and His Aides-De-Camp by Emily Stone Whiteley (via cool-cool-considerate-men)
A British woman officer or non-commissioned officer can and often does give orders to a man private. The men obey smartly and know it is no shame. For British women have proven themselves in this war. They have stuck to their posts near burning ammunition dumps, delivered messages afoot after their motorcycles have been blasted from under them. They have pulled aviators from burning planes. They have died at the gun posts and as they fell another girl has stepped directly into the position and “carried on.” There is not a single record in this war of any British woman in uniformed service quitting her post or failing in her duty under fire.
Now you understand why British soldiers respect the women in uniform. They have won the right to the utmost respect."