. Perhaps JA
had in mind lines 179–181 of James Thomson's Britannia:
“But on the Sea be terrible, untam'd, / Unconquerable Still; let none escape / Who
shall but aim to touch your Glory there.” JA
had quoted at great length from Britannia
in his letter to Lovell of 4 Oct.
(above; poetry not printed).
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.