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. In the MS
the words “H.Q. or” have been crossed out but in so halfhearted a way that they provide
a key to the name of a girl who courted JA
rather more energetically than he courted her. This was Hannah (1736–1826), daughter of Col. Josiah Quincy, who was in 1760 to marry Dr. Bela Lincoln. The initial “O.” stands for a fanciful
name that may have been Olinda or Orlinda (Salisbury, Family-Memorials
, 1:359; JA
to Richard Cranch [1759?]
, in Adams Papers
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.