A year after the Boston Tea Rebellion, John Adams, serving in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, asked his friend Eldridge Gerry to deliver a parcel of tea to his beloved Abigail who was taking care of the Adams home back in Quincy. The preoccupied Mr. Gerry (who would become Vice-president under Monroe) mistakenly delivered the tea to his sister Mrs. Samuel Adams (Elizabeth), John’s cousin.
It was the correct clan but the wrong household.
Abigail unknowingly tasted the misdirected gift when she visited Elizabeth and was offered tea at a time when most Massachusetts ladies had sworn off the “pernicious herb.”
John Adams eventually learned that his tea gift had gone astray and, being a good husband, purchased a second canister in Philadelphia to be delivered by a more diligent courier.
Tea was drunk by the John and Abigail Adams both in the colonies and while they were in England. John sometimes had both coffee and tea at breakfast.