- In every letter, no matter how much they argue, it's apparent how deeply and truly John and Abigail Adams love each other.Abigail: Don't stop writing. It's all I have.John: Every day, my dearest friend.Abigail: Til then...Abigail and John: Til then, I am, as I ever was and ever shall be, yours...yours...yours...yours...yours.John: Saltpeter...John.Abigail: Pins...Abigail.
- Abigail's saltpeter arrives in Philadelphia. In kegs tied with ribbons and bows. Right after she's talked John out of the dumps.Abigail: Compliments of the Concord Ladies' Coffee Club, and the Sisterhood of the Touro Synagogue, and the Friday Evening Baptist Sewing Circle, and the Holy Christian Sisters of Saint Claire, all for you! John! I am as I ever was and ever shall be...yours! Yours! Yours! Yours!John: Abigail, what's in these kegs?Abigail: Saltpeter! John!
- John's immediate reaction also qualifies. He runs into the main room and tells MacNair to "buy every damn pin in Philadelphia" to send home to his wife like she requested.
- Honestly, any and every scene involving John and Abigail qualifies. Driven home when John appeals to her, "Abigail... come to Philadelphia. Please come," and then later with her reminder to him about his definition of "commitment".
- It was John who sent for Jefferson's wife to help Jefferson get out of his depression...
- When Caesar Rodney, mud-spattered, exhausted and seriously ill, returns to Congress to cast his crucial vote for American independence. When he walks in everyone, regardless of where they stand on the issue, stands up in respect for him.
- "Gentlemen of the Congress, I say ye, John Dickinson!"
- Near the end, Washington sends one more dispatch. He's about to go into battle in New York. His army is outgunned, outclassed and outnumbered five-to-one. His closing: "How it will end only Providence can direct. But, dear God, what brave men I shall lose before this business ends!" Thompson is so overcome he can barely get the words out. Doubles as a tearjerker.
- During the debate over the Declaration, Adams praises it to the skies and protests every single individual edit made to it, insisting it's moving, poetic, and a "masterful expression of the American mind." He respects Jefferson's talents and abilities so much, and is ridiculously protective of his work.
- Meta: The other Broadway musical about snarky, flawed Founding Fathers, Hamilton, is performed in the same theater as 1776. Songwriter and original actor for Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, offered to arrange tickets for William Daniels, original and film actor for John Adams. Daniels refused, and insisted he'd pay for his tickets, because he knows they're watching the profit margins!
Heartwarming / 1776