6 November 1774575

    Phila. Nov. 6th 1774

    Dear Sir

    I wrote you the latter End of last Month, expecting it would be the first Advice you would receive of the Proceedings of the American Congress. But by a Delay of the Vessel and her being obliged to put into New York in Distress it is probable my well intended Efforts will fail. The Congress broke up soon after and your Boston Brethren returned in high Spirits at the happy and harmonious Issue of this important Business. Since that Time there has been a Stagnation of publick Intelligence and Advices. On Saturday next agreeable to the Directions of the Congress a great Committee is to be chosen in this City to carry The Association of the Congress into Execution. The Quakers who you know form a considerable Part in this City act their usual pusillanimous Part. They have directed their Members not to serve on the Committee, and mean to continue the same undecisive neutral Conduct untill they see how the Scale is like to preponderate; then I doubt not they will contribute to the Relief of Boston and appear forward in the Cause, but American Liberty in the mean Time must take her Chance for them. However there is no Danger of the Enemy being let in through this City. There is a Band of staunch chosen Sons of Liberty among some of our best Families who are backed by the Body of the People in such a Manner that no discontented Spirit dare oppose the Measures necessary for the publick Safety. I am more afraid of New York there has been a strange Delinquincy and Backwardness during the whole Summer and though their Delegates came into all the Measures, yet it was not untill they perceived they should be nearly alone and win ashamed of their Singularity in the glorious Cause.576 If you have any Correspondence there I wish you would endeavour to animate them, while they are attending to the little paltry Disputes which their own Parties have produced. The great Cause is suffering in their Hands. There is too much Reason to fear the powerful Rhetorick of Corruption in which the present Administration is too well versed has not been used in vain. Their publick Papers are the vilest Collection of publick Invective upon the Cause of every private Character that appears in suppport of it and are so replete with Falshoods invented to mislead and deceive that we have little Doubt they are bought by some Agent of Administration and applied to promote the infamous Purposes. You must therefore hear and read from there with some Caution. You see by the Example I set you of writing by every Vessel that you cannot oblige me more than by letting me hear often from you. I heartily wish you Health and as much Happiness as the Situation of your suffering Country will allow you to take and am with much Esteem, Dear Sir,

    Your very obedient and Affectionate Humble Servant,

    J. R.

    P.S. I have inclosed you a News Paper containing a Letter from the Congress to the Canadians which was published after I wrote you last. The villainous Tricks of the Post office against which we are cautioned from your Side the Water induce me only to put the Initials of my Name but I trust you will be at no Loss to determine who this Letter is from.