August 1773224

    Boston. August. 1773.

    Dear Sir,

    It gives me great pleasure to hear of your safe return to your family. The reflection of having contributed to Mr. Clymer’s happiness, while in this town, gives his friends a real satisfaction. I hope your confidence in the universal diffusion of public virtue will not be frustrated; but the die spins doubtful. Force is not all we have to fear. Fraud is a more concealed, and therefore a more dangerous enemy. Political artifice is used to divide, while ministerial manoeuvres destroy us. Instability is not peculiar to the New-Yorkers: it is the characteristic of men in all ages and nations. Let us forgive each other’s follies, and unite while we may.

    “To think justly (is certainly) not sufficient;”225 but we must think alike, before we shall form a union: that truly formed, we are invincible. They who have the principles of freemen, feel them. The sensation once felt, it directs “the band of the undivided and free.” A spark of fire inflames a compact building. A spark of spirit will as soon enkindle a UNITED PEOPLE.

    Our hemisphere is calm, but the diviners of our political sky see a cloud at the horizon, though not bigger than a hand. They who have reason to fear the storm will seek a shelter. The impression of our short acquaintance was most certainly mutual, and a cultivation of future friendship, as cordially embraced as it is offered. A mutual exchange of sentiments will give us, as men, a knowledge of each other; that knowledge naturally creates esteem, and that esteem will, in the end, cement us as colonists. As men, and as brethren then, in one common cause, let us think, converse, and act. When the guilty combine, let the virtuous unite; else individuals and communities will fall a sacrifice, one by one, in an inglorious, despicable struggle. Present me, in terms expressive of great affection and respect, to Mr. Dickinson and Mr. Reed, and believe me, with sincere regard and warm wishes,

    You most humble, obedient servant,