3 November 1774557

    Novr. 3d 1774

    Dear Sir

    For the same Reasons which I have given already for writing by Dundass (be the Name of the Vessel what it will) I add a few Lines. You will receive the Proceedings of our Congress which is adjourned to the 25th and of the general Congress which is adjourned till May, from the gazettes. Indeed you will know more of the last than I can give you as you will know the Contents of the Petition to the King, and the Address to the Inhabitants of Britain,558 if you do not of that to the Inhabitants of North America and Canada in particular. The non Importation and non Exportation and non Consumption will fly by the Birds of Heaven doubtless.

    We are in a little Snarl which I hope will be settled at this Day’s Town Meeting. Jemmy Richardson and Thomas Crafts having often had Conversation with Major Sheriff and sometimes with Mr. Gage were hereby induced to propose and carry, at a very small late Adjournment, a Committee to confer with said Gage upon a Mode of keeping Peace and Quiet with 8 Regiments and more scattered among us this Winter, which you will fully conclude impossible. They received Proposals such as might naturally be expected from a Man who cannot possibly remember in the Hurry of his great military Employment, that he is at the Head of our mangled civil magistracy. These Proposals were received in a proper Light and debate had upon them, in which Mr. Otis spoke cool and consequently up to the Hub, but Church’s Keeness raised such a Warmth that the Meeting was adjourned till Today.559 When I hope the Committee will resign all Care of the Town back into the Hands of the Select Men. This Proceeding has had too much the Air of Coalescence with the Idea of a garrisoned Town, and wounded that Delicacy which had hitherto been observed upon that stead. I said the General forgot the Government you are not to think he will not put Soldiers under Guard, and thereby satisfy the grossest Abuse of Officers upon the civil magistracy. Wiswall560 whose first Wife died any how at Cambridge, and whose second the Brigadier’s Doctor gave an Affidavit the Devil did not run away with, and whose third kept a Dram- and Bawdy-House near the Ferry, by which the Guard there was always intoxicated more or less, in particular one Evening the whole being drunk wounded one of the Ferrymen badly, and were all put under Guard. This same Wiswall and Wife were ordered out of Town sec. Leg.561 last May and upon fresh Complaints she was carry’d to Charlestown by a Constable the Day before Yesterday, but Lt. Col. Boquet of the 5th,562 upon Complaint of the flying Husband that he was persecuted for Connexion with Camp, sent a Party who pursued to Charlestown and seized the Woman from the Constable before the Charlestown People could afford him Aid against Men who with loaded musquets & Bayonets fixed threatned to destroy all Opposition. The General yesterday being pressed by our Select-Men ordered Col. B. to put the Soldiers under Guard, and I suppose will do the same as often as M B or Capt C. or Corporal D. shall abuse to call the Lives of the Inhabitants to Risque, and if Death is the Consequence of that Call, he will send them under Guard to Lord North who will most cordially thank them for their Services.

    The Owners of a Quantity of Tea at Maryland have burnt Ship and Cargo of Tea after taking out other Things,563 as much of their own Accord as some Counsellors on Mandamus have resigned. I wish one of Today’s Papers may reach you, that you may see whether the Fugitives regard the Stigma of the Congresses this being the last Day of Grace. Adieu—James Lovell--

    Capt. Trumbull the Governor’s oldest Son is now with me and I have a Letter from Major Parsons.564 Nothing can exceed the Spirit of that Colony in their military Aims. A Priest Peters, whom you will have seen before this reaches, has wrote such Threats of the mighty Things he would do against their Charter that they are determined to be perfectly ready. However, the Episcopal Clergy his Brethren there were in Convention, and drawing up his infamous Character to send to the Society whose Servant he is for Propagating the Gospel in that heathenish Land.565 Pray get some Knowledge of the Part Caner566 has taken, and compare it with what shall be given from Connecticutt where the man is truly known. Judge Auchmuty and Mr. Troutbeck567 are ashamed of being even supposed to have taken Part with him, though you will find he has used their Names in his published Letters.

    There has been an Uneasiness at Newport in which there had nearly been broken Heads upon a Design of some to furnish Blankets. Maryland refused their Flour till the Congress advised them to send it to Lloyd for the Army. Such is the Sand-Rope. I might mention no more Lumber can they get from the Eastward. If no other Correspondent obeys you, I am sure you must allow I write according to Order, any thing and perform it any how.

    I imagine the Ministry will receive Letters by this Opportunity which will embarrass them more than how to get the Port open, which God grant may be never unless the other Acts dye with the Port-Bill. How are the obstinate miscreants who continue yet in this Town to be secured from Inquiry without a Garrison? You will receive the highest Paintings from them of Danger to their Lives and Property. The first they know in their Consciences are secured by the Education of this Country, and as to the other they must take their Chance. I believe myself that their grain may rot in the Field for Want of Reapers, more than they can muster in their own Family. This and a long &c of that Kind they may look for. They esteem themselves of such Importance that the Ministry must keep up the Discontent of whole Continents upon their Accounts only though their personal Security is evident by the Rides they take to Cambridge and other places, and their passing and repassing from their Card Clubs at all Hours in the Dark as well as by Day Light.