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. Possibly “An Epistle to Delia,” a poem by JQA
, which he completed on 12 Dec. 1785 (M/JQA/28, Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 223). Delia was the name JQA
gave to Anna (Nancy) Hazen, a young woman who lived with the Shaws for over a year,
and for whom JQA
briefly had formed an attachment (vol. 5:473
; JQA, Diary
acknowledges seeing the verses to Delia in her letter of 22 July
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.