Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Mayhew mss., 1775-1782, consist of letters written to Betsy (also called Elizabeth or Eliza) Mayhew by Mary or Polly, sometimes referred to as Myra Palmer, 1746-1791.

While a number of the letters are concerned only with personal matters, several of them give details of the early skirmishes of the American Revolution, particularly the Battle of Lexington; the situation in Boston; fear of invasion by the British fleet; and the attitude of the civilian population toward the "Ministerial Party" and the Tories.

The Adams (possibly Samuel) household is mentioned.

Collection size: 14 items

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