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    Fairhill June 20th 1774

    Dear Sir

    I sincerely thank you for your kind Letter and the present attending this, without flattery, I think highly valuable; and it gives Me inexpressible Pleasure to find Myself addressed in so friendly a manner, by a Gentleman I so heartily wish to call a Friend.

    As far as I have been able to collect the sense of the Colonies, they are very unanimous in the Measure You mention of a Congress. You and your worthy fellow sufferers would receive a Glimpse of Joy amidst your Distress to know, with what sympathy, the Inhabitants of this province consider your Case. What never happened before, has happened now. The Country people have so exact a knowledge of Facts, and of the Consequences attending a surrender of the Points now in Question, that they are if possible, more zealous than the Citizens who lye in the direct Line of Information. Doubt not, that every thing bears a most favorable aspect. Nothing can possibly throw Us into a pernicious Confusion, but one Colony’s breaking the Line of Opposition, by advancing too hastily before the rest. The one that dares to betray the Common Cause by rushing forwards, contrary to the Maxims of Discipline established by Common Sense and Experience of Ages, will inevitably and utterly perish.

    May God Almighty bless you, and my beloved Brethren of Boston and Massachusetts Bay. My heart is full. The time will come, I hope, when I may congratulate them on a more stable Security of their Liberty than they ever yet have enjoyed.

    I am, Sir, with Truth, your very affectionate and very humble Servant,

    John Dickinson

    Our Country People appear to Me, to be very firm. They look to the last Extremity with Spirit. It is right they should—if they will submit their Resentments to the Guidance of Reason.497