Warreiy. T. James, an American patriot, born in Plymouth, Mass., Sept. 28, 1726, died there, Nov. 27, 1808. He graduated at Harvard college in 1745, and became a merchant. In 1757 he was appointed high sheriff. He was a member of the general court in 1766, and during the revolution speaker of the house of representatives. In 1772 he proposed the establishment of committees of correspondence in the colony, a measure generally adopted.
Mercy, an American authoress, wife of the preceding, born in Barnstable, Mass., Sept. 25, 1728, died in Plymouth, Oct. 19, 1814. She was the sister of James Otis, the patriot and orator, and was married at the age of 26. She corresponded with the two Adamses, Jefferson, and other distinguished patriots, who were accustomed to consult her on momentous occasions. Her earliest productions were political satires in a dramatic form, and in 1790 she published a volume of poems, including two tragedies, entitled " The Sack of Rome" and " The Ladies of Castile." Her most important work, however, was a "History of the American Revolution" (3 vols. 8vo, Boston, 1805), prepared from notes taken during the war.