. The “very kind billet,” presumably from
, has not been found. The messenger may have been Jonathan Loring Austin, who returned
about this time from Europe after being captured by the British; see note on him in
, above, with references there.
The writer of this letter, Sarah Sever (1757–1787), was the daughter of James Warren's sister Sarah (Mrs. William Sever), of Kingston.
Though romantically linked with John Thaxter, she married in 1784 the Boston merchant
Thomas Russell. See Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates
, 11:575–578; Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850
, Boston, 1911, p. 132, 276; Mass. Centinel
, 28 Nov. 1787, p. 3, col. 2.