12 July 1774498

    Charlestown 12th July 1774

    Dear Sir

    I this day only received your polite favor of the 27th May, and can only say I wish it had been in my power to have shown more Civility to a Gentleman I so much Esteem as I do Mr. Quincy. You must give the Madeira time to Mellow and I dare say it will be good, or Fernandez has for the first time disappointed me. You have my best Thanks for your Pamphlet. Too many cannot step forth at this alarming Crisis in defence of the much Injured Rights of America, and those that do, should, and no doubt have the united Thanks of the friends of America. Those pamphlets inclosed I have forwarded as directed.499

    Your situation at this time is truly hazardous and trying. But you will not fall for want of Friends, because all British America are your freinds. For Godsake be firm and discreet at this time. The good people of this Colony have sent for you one sloop load of Rice, and we shall send more soon.500

    The 6th, 7th and 8th Instant we had the greatest assembly of the Inhabitants of this Colony I ever saw. After much debate and discussion of matters it was determined that Henry Middleton, John Rutledge, Thomas Lynch, Christopher Gadsden, and Edward Rutledge should meet the general Congress at Philadelphia at the 1 Sept. Their powers are unlimited. I hope the other Colonies will do the same and place entire Confidence in their Deputies; they can do nothing effective without such powers. Our Deputies project being at Philadelphia by the middle of August.

    I should suppose the first step taken by the Congress would be to Remonstrate and petition King, Lords and Commons. Our Grievances should be all stated in the way of a Bill of Rights. The sore should be probed to the bone. The Deputies or a large part of them should go to England with the petition. Agents should not be trusted in this important affair. I should suppose this would bring us Relief, but if Redress did not come, then all to enter into both a Non Importation and Non Exportation Agreement; and I think this to be the Sence of almost all the Colonies and such a measure would place America in such a consequential point of View as would astonish all Europe. I think we have the Cards in our own hands, but if we do not play them with Caution we shall be juggled out of the Game.501 Our Fears are only about you, that you may despond and give up, for I am sorry to see you have so many adders in your own Bosom, who may sting you to death. We have our share in this plan also of internal foes. Pity it was that Hutchinson should have gone home with so many names to petitions. It will do you no good, but much harm I fear.502

    I have quited Trade and am now winding up my Labor for 21 years past. I long for shelter—which once I get under the shade it is not a little thing that will bring me out again. Out of the reach of my friends I wish never to be, for I can never give up my Rights to the affection of those I call my friends. I will strain a point to pass the next summer among the Northern Colonies. It is a Country I long to see, and I shall agreeable to your polite request give you Notice.

    I beg to hear as often from you as your Business will permit. It is not trifling to write or speak on public affairs at this time of eminent danger. Politicks should be the Theme of the day, and our Dreams at night should be of the hapless Situation of our Country. However bad as it is, if Boston does not persevere and be prudent, her Sisters and Neighbours will work out her Salvation without taking the Musquett. Unanimity must be the great leading Star.

    I am with much regard, Your most obedient and obliged Servant

    M Brewton