The Sexes: Remember the Ladies

In listing the causes that impelled the Colonies to declare independence last week, the Continental Congress charged King George III with inciting "domestic insurrections amongst us." It meant Britain's encouragement of Indian attacks upon colonists, but Massachusetts Delegate John Adams says that "another tribe more numerous and powerful than all the rest were grown discontented." The warning in fact came from his spirited wife Abigail, who recently surprised her husband by addressing him in terms less than dutiful: "In the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary...