Mercy Otis Warren to Abigail Adams
June 14 1777
Could I write you any agreable Inteligence I would with pleasure Grasp the pen And Call of my Friends Attention a Moment from her Domestic avocations, but so much Avarice and Venallity, so much Annemosity and Contention, so much pride and Weakness predominate both in the Capital and the Cottage that I fear it will be Long: very Long before good tidings are Wafted on Every Wind and the Halcyon days of peace Return to our Land.
I write for the sake of my promise more than anything Else this Morning, for I am very unable to perform as I have been deprived the use of one Eye Ever since I have been in town. Am now Growing better and shall Endeavour to improve them in Future in some useful way.
Mr. Warren has yet no Letter from Mr. Adams. I am with true affection Your Friend,
Alas! No Repeal of the Regulati[ng] act, nor of Course the Land Embargo.1
RC (Adams Papers).
1. On the Massachusetts “Land Embargo” of Feb. 1777, see note 2 on JA’s second letter to AA of 6 April, above, and also Mass., Province Laws description begins The Acts and Resolves, Public and Private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, Boston, 1869–1922; 21 vols. description ends , 19:808–810.