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Mercy Otis Warren to Abigail Adams, 14 October 1778

Mercy Otis Warren to Abigail Adams

Wednesday 14th october [1778]

The importunity of my Friends at Braintree, though my inclination is strong, is not sufficient to Carry me again from my Family till a Little more time is Elapsed. We therefore instead of indulging our own Wishs substitute a son who will be happy to Escort you, and in whose Bosom Curiosity is or ought to be as much alive as in that of his parents. You will doubtless have an agreable day. I can Enjoy it at this distince, and speculate on the Exstrordinry Connextion and the Rapid Changes that have led to it by my own fire side as well as in the apartment of the General or the state Room of the first Count in France.

My best Regards to the family at the Farms1 tell Miss Quincy2 when she again dances with the Count de Brouce3 to take care of her Heart. Tell Miss Mayhew4 that knights of Malta are sometimes Dangerous Companions, that their Vows will not always protect a Lady from the shafts which a Little Mischvious Urchin often indiscriminatly throws.

I depend on seeing you Next week when I hope you and your amiable Companion will make a Visit of some Length, I Wont say as Long as you Can be Contented with your assured & Constant Friend,

M. Warren

RC (Adams Papers).

1Col. Josiah Quincy’s family. Quincy lived on the shore of what came to be called Quincy Bay, and his home served as a kind of social headquarters ashore for Estaing and his officers, whose ships lay off Nantasket. See vol. 1:x–xi, above, and illustration facing p. 80 in that volume. See also AA’s two letters to JA immediately following.

2Presumably Elizabeth (1757–1825), daughter of Col. Josiah Quincy and his 2d wife, Elizabeth Waldron; she married Benjamin Guild in 1784. See Adams Genealogy.

3Probably Ensign Joseph Barthélemy, Comte de Rafélis de Broves (1753–1824) (Lasseray, Les français sous les treize étoiles description begins André Lasseray, Les français sous les treize étoiles (1775–1783), Macon and Paris, 1935; 2 vols. description ends , 1:139).

4Probably Elizabeth Mayhew (1759–1829), daughter of the late Rev. Jonathan Mayhew of Boston; she later married Peter Wainwright (Charles E. Banks, The History of Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and Edgartown, Mass., 1911–1925, 3:314).

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