John Eliot to Abigail Adams
Boston October 17781
You did not see fit to send the letter you proposed for the conveyance of Mr. Ingram. Perhaps it was owing to the supposition that it would arrive too late.—Lest that was the case, I would inform you that Mr. I. is still detained in expectation of his Vessell from the Eastward, and it is more than probable that he will tarry till the middle of next week.
I hope in mercy the British Cruiser have2 not met with it in the course from Kennebeck to Boston. You join in the same earnest desire.
My regards at home.
Your most obliged and obedient servant,
RC (Adams Papers).
2. Thus in MS.
3. John Eliot (1754–1813), son of Rev. Andrew Eliot of Boston; Harvard 1772; later the minister of the New North Church and a founding member of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS, Colls. description begins Massachusetts Historical Society, Collections and Proceedings. description ends , 2d ser., 1 :211–248).