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    Falmouth, Great Britain Nov. 8 1774

    Dear —

    I have already wrote578 you this day. I shall therefore write nothing very material at this time.

    I am now on shore; everything around me happy and agreeable as to myself. The people crowd round me eager to hear about American affairs. I gratify their itching ears.

    This place in situation is delightfull; the Country and cultivation surpass description. I long to paint the Scenes around me. All things are heightened by my uncommon health and spirits. I am almost afraid I shall meet with a damper, but I was never better prepared to conflict with adversity.

    Since writing the above I have been regaled with the profusions of Great Britain to those who have money. We had a most delicate desert of Portugal grapes.

    I have read also about 20 of the Late London Papers. I would have sent them, but could not procure them for money. They contain the resolves of the Congress relative to the Suffolk Proceedings.579

    They also seem to breathe a spirit favorable to America. I am in some pain on finding that six Men of War sailed for Boston on the 26 of October.

    I have conversed with several sensible people here. I have not yet met one, but what wish well to the Americans and one or two expressed great veneration for “the Brave Bostonians.”

    We have a report that the Congress have agreed upon a Non importation agreement and also upon a non exportation agreement to commence the first of august next.

    I have also been informed that Lord North had desired leave of his Majesty to resign; to which the King replied “Your Lordship’s policy hath made an American snarl, and your Lordship’s dexterity must untie it, or it must be cut—And when Englishmen once begin that work, they will probably go much further.”

    I have no room for more, except that tomorrow I proceed towards Plymouth by Land.