. The loss of this letter at sea (see note 2) led Mercy Warren to copy, with numerous
changes, its first five paragraphs into her letter of 15 Nov. to JA
(below). There, however, she indicated that this letter was of 15 May. Whether this
was simply an inadvertence or indicates that the copy she used, as opposed to the
transcript printed here, was dated 15 rather than 8 May, is not known.