3 November 1774568

    Boston Novr. 3d 1774

    Dear Sir,

    The inclosed letter I wrote with a view of its going by the first vessel that went from us since you embarked for London. But the vessel unhappily sailed before it got to Marblehead. The special reason of my writing was, that you might see a few resolves of our continental Congress, as I supposed this would give you the first sight of them.

    The fortifications at the neck are nearly finished; the troops sent for from Philadelphia, New-York, and Canada are mostly, if not wholly, arrived. The Grand Congress, it is supposed, are broke up, either by dissolution or adjournment. Our delegates are expected in town next week. Our provincial congress is likewise adjourned to the 13th of this instant November. You will see what has been done by both the congresses, so far as what they have done is known, by the news-papers; the whole of which, from the time of your leaving us till this day, are sent with Mr. Hyslop by this opportunity; and he will, as he had been desired, let you have the use of them that you desired, and they have not been sent to you. Poor Molineux is dead, and died suddenly. Mr. Thomas Gray, in coming from Plymouth was thrown out of his chaise, by which means he dislocated his shoulder, was bruised in his body, and had one of his legs broken and gravely shattered. He is thought to be very dangerous, and more likely to die than to live. Our sufferings in the town increase as the winter comes on; and our situation is the more distressingly difficult, as we are so guarded both by sea and land, that we may be restrained from going out of town and may lie at the mercy of those who are sent on purpose to distress us. Would our circumstances permit it, the town would be immediately evacuated of its proper inhabitants; and this will certainly be the case should administration determine to proceed in an hostile manner against us. It may be depended on, that the Colonies are marvellously united, and determined to act as one in the defence of this town and Province, which they esteem the same thing with defending themselves. We are impatient to hear, what is likely to be the result of administration upon their knowing, as they do by this time, the union there is in the Colonies in their resolution to defend their rights and liberties even to the utmost. The spirit in the Colonies, especially the four New-England ones, instead of being lowered since you went from us, is raised to a still greater height; insomuch, that there may be danger of a rashness and precipitancy in their conduct. I hope all prudent care will be taken to govern its operations by the rule of wisdom. It is the wish of every sober understanding man among us, that harmony, love and peace may be restored between Great Britain and the Colonies. They dread nothing more, slavery only excepted, than a bloody conflict for the security of their liberties; and yet this, so far as I am able to judge, they will readily and universally go into, rather than submit to such cruelly hard and tyrannical measures as are imposed on them.

    I trust you are, by this time, in London. The weather has been uncommonly clear and mild from the time you took your departure from us. We have had scarce a foul day from that time to this.

    Wishing you prosperity in all your affairs, especially in your endeavours to serve your Country, I am,

    Your assured friend and humble Servant,

    Charles Chauncy