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Abigail Adams 2d to Elizabeth Cranch, 13 February 1779

Abigail Adams 2d to Elizabeth Cranch

Plymouth Feb. 13 1779

My Dear Myrtilla

It is now past ten however I will write you a few lines as I flatter myself they will be axcepttable, for you know we ar too apt to judge others by our own feelings.

I will ask you one question whetheir if you have an opportunity to write me you dont imbrace it if you dont happen to be in dept [debt]? If we ware too or three hundred miles distant I could expect to hear as often from you as I do now espeshely if there was not a wide ocean between us.

I spend my time very agreeably hear, how could I do otherwise in the company of Mrs. Waren and her agreeable Sons; Miss Polly Otis is to spend the Spring hear.1 I have a secret hope that Mamma does not intend to send for me yet tho I dearst not say so beceaus I know she must be very lonesome. When ever she command me to leive Plymouth I shall obey.

I must now bid you adeiu for it is quite time my Eyes ware closed to sleep. Do write me soon and belive me to be what I rearly [really] am, your Sincere friend,

Mercella

RC (MHi:Cranch Papers); addressed: “Miss Eliza Cranch att Braintree”; docketed: “AA Plymouth Feb 13 1779.”

1Mary Otis (1769–1806), Mrs. Warren’s niece and youngest daughter of James and Ruth (Cunningham) Otis; she later married Benjamin Lincoln Jr., son of the Revolutionary general (Boston Record Commissioners, 24th Report description begins City of Boston, Record Commissioners, Reports, Boston, 1876–1909; 39 vols. description ends , p. 320; NEHGR description begins New England Historical and Genealogical Register. description ends , 2 [1848]:296).

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