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Browsing: Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 3


Docno: ADMS-04-03-02-0161

Author: Warren, Mercy Otis
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1779-07-06

Mercy Otis Warren to Abigail Adams

I take up my pen this Morning to let my Friend know I have not yet seen Mr. S. Adams, but understand by Mr. Warren, That Thier is No Expectation in Congress that Your Mr. Adams will Return yet. There is a large Majority of that Body who highly Esteem Him and wish his Continuance in Europe, have an Eye upon him if proposals of accomodation should be made as best qualifyed to Negotiate a peace or that he will be in Employ at some Court in a short time as it is Expected some New appointment will be Necessary before Long. Should have wrote you sooner but was in hopes to have seen Mr. Adams myself from whom I might have Collected more perticulers as Mr. Warren saw him only in Company, having unsuccessfully Called several times.
I will write again if anything offers worth Communicating. Yesterday was Celebrated the anniversary of Independence with Noise and Dissipation, a Concert this Evening, Though These kind of Entertainments May not Enhaunce the happiness of the people or fix our Liberties on a More solid Base.1
But your Friend Must hasten affectionatly to subscribe her Name though by the quiver the scrall might be known to be that of
[signed] M Warren
1.
“Yesterday commenced the Anniversary of the 4th Year of the Independence of the United States of America. The same, we hear, is to be observed by a Feu de-Joy of the Militia, of this Town, in State-Street, at Noon, this Day, a Discharge from the Shipping in the Harbour, and a Display of Fire-Works in the Common, at Evening” (Boston Gazette, 5 July 1779, p. 3, col. 2).

Docno: ADMS-04-03-02-0162

Author: Warren, Mercy Otis
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1779-07-14

Mercy Otis Warren to Abigail Adams

My Friends anxity I Wonder not at. Wish I could say anything that would Give that Relief her agitated mind requires. Yet have no doubt her best Friend will soon be in a more Eligiable situation. Mr. Lovel writes Mr. Warren that the Motions of Congress tend towards an appointment to him Honorable, and thinks it will soon take place.2 No body seems to have an Expectation of his Return at present.
The movements of our Enemies I will say Nothing about yet pity Greatly pity the Distresses of our Friends And the Weary Lids are kept { 210 } Waking with the apprehension of Dangers approaching nearer our own Borders.
I expect to see you in a few days, perhaps Next Teusday. Yet it may not be till Wensday or Thursday. But whenever it is You will be assured of seeing one Friend when Called upon by your Humble Servant,
[signed] M Warren
1. In a letter dated from Plymouth, 29 July 1779, Mrs. Warren told JA that “On my way from Boston I lodged a week since at the foot of Pens Hill” (Warren-Adams Letters, 2:114). The present letter, written (as its final paragraph states) a week before that visit and dated at Boston on“Wensday,” must therefore have written on Wednesday, 14 July 1779.
2.
“Our worthy Friend John Adams must think I neglect him in his very odd Situation. We are ripening towards Measures which must induce an immediate and definite consequential Disposition of him, and I have no doubt of an honorable one” (Lovell to Warren, 15 June, Warren-Adams Letters, 2:108).
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.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/