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Monday, April 22, 2013

Mercy Otis Warren, Playwright

Mercy Otis Warren by Colleen C. 
Mercy Otis Warren by C. C.

Mercy Otis Warren expressed her love and passion in and the Patriots by using a pencil and her words.

Mercy Otis Warren had a very educational early life which foreshadowed her part in the Revolutionary War. She was born on September 16, 1728 in West Barnstable, Massachusetts to James Otis and Mary Allyne. When Warren was little she would sit in her brother James' "Jemmy's" tutor lessons because girls at
that time didn't have a proper education. Jonathon Russel, the Reverend of the local parish would give Warren books and counseling. When she was older she went to Harvard where she married her husband and cousin, James Warren.

Mercy Otis Warren had a great impact in the Revolutionary War because of her love for writing. Warren would try to persuade the Loyalists to be Patriots by writing plays, books, and poems, but would never sign her name to her books.
When she wrote, Warren would make the Patriots heroes and the Loyalists
villains. Everyone thought this was outrageous, but nobody knew who to blame.
Warren opened her house to the Patriots and named her house "One Liberty
Square" in Plymouth, where everyone could talk about politics.
After the Revolutionary War, Warren continued to write on. Her husband,
James, cheered her on to write, along with her lifetime friends, Abigail and
Samuel Adams. She started writing the first three volumes of Revolutionary War
history in 1758 at age thirty. In 1805, at age seventy-seven, she finally published
her three volumes after twenty-seven years of writing her books. Her name was
finally signed to her books for the first time. Her name was out! Mercy Otis
Warren died ten years after her book was published on October 19, 1814.

"The waves have rolled upon me, the billows are repeatedly broken over
me, yet I am not sunk down," Warren once wrote. She truly followed her passion
of writing throughout her life.

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