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    Phila. July 29, 1773

    Dear Sir

    I returned home a few Weeks ago considerably the better for my Eastern Journey, and have already let too long Time slip without acknowledging the Obligations your many Civilities have laid me under.

    I have Thanks to return many Gentlemen at Boston on that Score, and could wish my own Countrymen were not justly accused of falling so far short of yours in the great Virtue of Hospitality.

    But Hospitality was not the only Virtue I had reason to admire there. Your Patriotism is the great Support of the common Cause, and I trust will in Time diffuse itself so universally as to make all Attempts against American Liberty as vain as they are wicked. At present indeed it seems to have taken but shallow Root in some places, particularly at New York, where all political Principles are truly as unfixed as the Wind. One Year sees the NewYorkers, Champions for Liberty, and the next hugging their Chains.

    Our Pennsylvanians I take to be in the mean betwixt both, I cannot call it the golden Mean, for surely it is not alone sufficient where our Liberties are so greatly threatened, to think justly of the Danger, or to have the Principles of Freemen, these Principles should direct the Conduct of every Individual and of the publick.

    I beg you will make my particular Compliments to Mr. Hancock and Mr. S. Adams. There are no Men more worthy of general Esteem. The latter I cannot sufficiently respect for his Integrity and Abilities. All good Americans should erect a Statue to him in their Hearts.

    Our Acquaintance has yet been but short, but believe me, it will leave an Impression on me of longer Date, and a strong Desire with it of cultivating your Friendship. I sincerely wish you and Mrs. Quincy every possible Happiness and am

    Dear Sir

    Your most obedient Servant,

    Geo. Clymer