20 August 1774503

    Boston Augt. 20th 1774

    Dear Sir,

    The matter is closed. I have taken my passage and sail (God willing) for London in 18 days certain. The master with whom I go, will not know who is his passenger till he is 3 Leagues below the Light house. Nay he is not to know that any one sails with him as a passenger, and it is to Leave too far to receive the orders of the owner who is our friend William Dennie (otherwise to favor the plan all in his power).

    I must request your most strenuous endeavours to obtain letters recommendatory from as many members of the Congress as possible. Mr. Lynch, I am inclined to think, will lend all in the assistance he can. Mr. Edward Rutledge I had a transient acquaintance with in Charleston, and having lately returned from the Temple, can (if made willing) give much aid.504 I shall write to Mr. Dickenson and Mr. Reed on the subject; but pray you and my other good friends would back the matter with them. Desire all the Gentlemen who write in my favor to inclose their letters under cover to the house of Messrs. Henry and Thomas Bromfield, merchants in London.505 By this means all miscarriages may be prevented.

    You know my friend, that we all have our bright and our weak side; you know, better than I, which side I shall show most to advantage. Let my friends present me in that point of view. I do not want to be out sight at the Court of Great Britain. Sat verbum sapti.506

    I think you may inform those, whom you sollicit for the above favor, that my education has been liberal, my profession the noblest on earth, and the partiality of my countrymen hath pushed me from among the lowest of its practitioners. I have relinquished a very lucrative employment, I have left endearing friends and relatives, from a good motive—you will say the best.

    You see that I shall have embarked, before this reaches you. Let there be no delay in forwarding my letters. I depend Dear Sir more upon you, than any one as to this matter, because previous to your Departure you thought it important and promised your activity. Dr. Shippen junior507 I believe will cheerfully give a Letter, if requested.

    I take my departure execrating the assassins and traitors of my Country: if I join also, the odious band, remember that Old clause is still good. I shall deserve the Curses of my fellow citizens—and Americans may rightfully say let him be anathema.

    Enough of my poor self.508

    It is very difficult to keep our poor in order: those who have least reason to complain are most clamorous. Mr. Phillips hath done wonders among them. I don’t know what we should do without him.509 Molineux hath resigned his seat at the Committee of ways and means nobody is troubled at it.510 We are in good spirits but tremble for fear of the storms.

    Remember our disease will not do to be tampered with: Mr. Harnett says any thing short of a non-importation and non-exportation will ruin all. A large circle of friends join with him.511 But we are in great expectation here that the Congress will raise on their own Authority £100,000 sterling at least for the dismay of some, and the temptation of others. There are European Potentates who would long for the provisions we sell. It will make you, as a body, and the Colonies in general, very respectable.

    Our new Council are more ignominiously treated than any among Us. A Gentleman from Taunton tells us, that The Green is already (or on notice will be) adorned with a 3 legged Gibbett. Colonel Murray’s family have begged he would not think of returning to his House. We expect, that the Congress will not fail of blasting with a vengance the SWORN Enemies of our Peace.512 You will do great mischeif if you disappoint our righteous expectation.

    NB. It is expected here that you will resolve that the Port Bill is a mere act of Power, and that the two acts for altering our Charter and the Impartial Administration of Justice513 are violations of the rights and liberties of the Subject—and therefore not binding on the People.

    To return to myself,514

    Urge as many Southern friends as you can to give me intelligence from their several Provinces the Ensuing Winter: you may assure them of my gratefull notice of their favors and a reciprocal information. Don’t let want of Acquaintance be a bar. I shall make a good Use of all Intelligence I receive, for I shall dedicate my whole soul to the Service of my injured Country.

    I expect great aid from you and Brother Adams, and our friend Cushing while in London. They shall hear often from me, if they behave like Good soldiers and good Brothers toward a poor fellow-laborer.

    I am unwell. In much hurry of writing and business, but with my whole heart

    Your friend and servant, In the Cause of God and my Country,

    Josiah Quincy, Junior

    PS. The Letter that you will see in our next Monday’s Paper was from Dr. Lee to Mr. Speaker. The Blanks you will find no difficulty of filling up. Your name fills two. ‘Tis your plan he speaks of. Mr Speaker is directed to show the Letter to you, but it bears so hard upon his friend Lord Dartmouth, I doubt he will omit it. Keep this PS a profound Secret—for I also indulged in passing the Speaker’s Letters in his Absence.515

    Post PS. I desire that my sailing for London may be kept a secret as long as possible. All our friends join in the Utility of such secrecy.516