Quotation by Abigail Adams

... whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to men, Emancipating all Nations, you insist upon retaining absolute power over wives. But you must remember that Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken—and notwithstanding all your wise Laws and Maxims we have it in our power not only to free ourselves but to subdue our Masters, and without violence throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet ...
Abigail Adams (1744–1818), U.S. matriarch, wife and mother of United States Presidents. In a letter reprinted in The Feminist Papers, part 1, by Alice S. Rossi (1973).

In a letter dated May 7, 1776 and written from Braintree, MA to her husband, John Adams, during the Revolutionary War, less than two months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
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