Mercy Otis Warren to Abigail Adams
Plimouth Nov 13th 1796
I return my dear madam miss Williams letters with Lovuts memoirs—1 am much obliged & hope have not detained them too long—
am sorry to hear by Your late short billet that You do not enjoy perfect health—2
was the stage driver under any mistake when he told me you Contemplated a passage to Plimouth in the stage ere long— I hope he was not: as such a Circumstance would be exceedingly gratifying to Your friends here—3
I did promise myself the pleasure of passing one evening at lest before the seting in of winter—but begin now to doubt whither it will be in my power—
Mr Warren unites in respectful Compliments to the vice president and to Yourself: with Your assured / frend & Humble servant
my daughter sets by and desires her most respectful regards as would the lovely little Marcia otis was she awake4
RC (Adams Papers).
1. Helen Maria Williams, Letters on the French Revolution, Written in France, in the Summer of 1790, to a Friend in England, 2 vols., Boston, 1791–1792, Evans, description begins Charles Evans and others, American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America [1639–1800], Chicago and Worcester, 1903–1959; 14 vols. description ends Nos. 24003, 25039, and Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, Memoirs of the Life of Simon Lord Lovat, London, 1785.
2. Not found.
3. AA had visited Scituate and Plymouth in August, traveling with Mary Smith Gray Otis on 15 Aug. and returning to Quincy five days later, but she does not appear to have made a return visit after that date (JA, D&A description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 3:241, 242).
4. Mary Winslow (b. 1771), daughter of Pelham and Joanna White Winslow, had married Henry Warren in 1791; their daughter Marcia Otis was born in 1792 (NEHGS, Memorial Biographies, description begins Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1880–1908; 9 vols. description ends 5:169; Jefferson, Papers, description begins The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, Princeton, 1950– . description ends 38:314; Lee D. van Antwerp, comp., Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Camden, Maine, 1993, p. 199).