Inventory of the Mexican Revolution "Quincy Letters":
Quincy Adams, at the time of the letters, was twenty-eight years old and an officer in the United States Marine Corp. He had family in Baltimore, including his mother, father, and a brother "Billie" and a girlfriend or perhaps fiancée in England.
The "Quincy Letters" contain nine letters totaling sixty-five pages from Quincy Adams to his "darling sweetheart" Viviane in England. Quincy is an officer with the 1st Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Battalion, USMC stationed in Vera Cruz, Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. The letters consist primarily of petitions for Viviane to come to New York so that the two can marry, despite apparent objections by both their families, and there are also occasional descriptions of daily life in the camp (patrol duty, playing baseball against another Regiment, going to town) and a handful of descriptions of battle (many of which Quincy seems to have gleaned from newspapers or secondhand accounts). Many of the people referred to in the letters are given only first names or rank and last names.
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in September 2004.
Processed by Jeff Stumpo in June-July 2005.
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