25 October 1774537

    Philadelphia. Oct. 25.1774

    Dear Sir

    I hope this will find you safely arrived in Great Brittain a Country wherein I have spent many happy Hours before she began to play the Tyrant in America. The Cloud which hung over the Colonies at the Time of your Departure begins to disperse. Instead of divided Councils and feeble Measures which at one Time there was too much Reason to apprehend, all now is Union and Firmness and I trust we shall exhibit such a Proof of publick Virtue and enlightened Zeal in the most glorious of all Causes as will hand down the present Age with the most illustrious Characters of Antiquity. I have with great Difficulty procured you the Proceedings of the General Congress which is now rising, but your Delegates from whom I received it beg you will not make any publick Use of it as the Copy is incorrect. Your Friend Mr. John Adams has written something to this Effect in the first Page. As the Proceedings of this great Assembly are so important and interesting I could not think of this Vessels going without carrying them to you. Another Ship will sail in a few Days by which I shall send you what remains, being the List of Grievances and Claim of Rights. The Congress would not adjourn but have recommended another to be held the 10th of May at this Place. They part with each other on Terms of the utmost Friendship; it will have the most happy Effect in cementing the Union of the Colonies, not only by the Ties of publick Interest but of private Friendship. This Ship will carry you the Account of the Destruction by Fire of both Ships of Cargo which arrived at Annapolis. The Owners of both to avoid a more dreadful Punishment for their Presumption and Folly offered to set Fire with their own hands, which they did. These Proofs of the Spirit of the People will I trust be of some Service to Boston. The People of England must see that Opposition to Parliamentary Tyranny is not local or partial. It will also have a happy Effect on the Non-Importation Agreement resolved by the Congress as the Owners of Ships will not abuse to hazard them with the forbidden Wares.

    I congratulate you my dear Sir upon the rising Glory of America; our Operations have been almost too slow for the accumulated Sufferings of Boston but I trust they will prove effectual for their Relief. Should this bloodless War fail of its Effect an infinite Majority of all the Colonies will make the last Appeal before they resign their Liberties into the Hands of any ministerial Tyrant.

    I shall be allways happy in hearing from you by every Opportunity and you may rely upon my sending you a speedy and faithful Account of every Transaction here. I have wrote to an old Correspondent of mine, a Mr. Hugh Baillie,538 a true Friend to Liberty and the Cause of America that if he will call on you, You will show him the Proceedings of the Congress which I have failed in procuring for him. I salute you with much Esteem and wishing you Health and Happiness, I am Dear Sir

    Your most obedient and obliged

    J. R.

    I only put the Initials of my Name, as I believe you remember my Hand writing or if not you will recollect to whom you wrote on this Plan first before you embarked.