GLC 1786. The Gilder
ADAMS (1735-1826). Autograph letter signed, dated Boston,
28 June 1773, to Catharine Macaulay.
John Adams, the colonial
patriot who would become the second president of the United
States, was a frequent correspondent of Catharine Macaulay
and a friend of Mercy Warren. He introduced them to each
other through this letter.
Describing Warren as "a
Daughter, Wife and Sister of Patriots," Adams wrote
that she was "not the less amiable for being attentive
to public affairs."
His description reminds today's
readers that it was considered unusual in the eighteenth-century
for women to be interested in activities outside of their