6 April 1775732

    New York April 6th, 1775

    Dear Sir

    Your favours of the 17th and 19th of December last, inclosed with Letters for the Friends of the common Cause in Boston, and Philadelphia, arrived here the 10th ultimo; but they were not handed to me, before the 25th, owing to their being in a Package belonging to a Gentleman who was absent when they arrived. Your directions respecting them were strictly observed and they were forwarded the 27th, by safe conveyances. And I shall take great pleasure, in transmiting your future communications to your Friends. I wrote you by the March Packet, under cover to Mr. Thomas Bromfield, in which I informed you of the progress then made, by our House of Assembly on American Grievances. The assurances I gave you, that what remained of the Report of the Committee of Grievances, not then considered by the Committee of the House, would rather be more in favour of Liberty, than the Report, has since been confirmed, the particulars of which, you have in the inclosed Printed proceedings of the House. After the state of Grievances were agreed to, and approved by the House, Several of the Members who are warm Friends to the Cause of Liberty, having attended the Assembly two Months, and their Families being very remote from the Capital, and urgent Business demanding their return, and considering the most important Transactions of the Sessions finished, went Home. This gave an opportunity to the wicked and designing Members of the House, contrary to all order, to depart from the Spirit of the list of Grievances, in the Petition to the King, memorial to the Lords, and remonstrance to the Commons. But the state of Grievances agreed to by the Fullest House, during the Session, must be considered as the Basis of all their proceedings, on the American Controversy. If any regard is to be paid to the sense of the Legal Representatives, that sense, is the state of Grievances agreed to in a full House; and therefore whatever difference, appears in the Petition &c, from the State of Grievances is a mere nullity. If the Ministry make any dependance on the Petition as declarative of the Sense of the Colony, they will find themselves egregiously mistaken. This City will publickly disavow, the vile Slavish Sentiments contained in the Petition &c the moment they make their appearance. So far as they are now known, they are condemned, and the patrons of them despised. And if the Provincial Convention, who are to meet upon the 20th instant to Elect Delegates for the Continental Congress, do not disavow the Petition &c (which I have reason to conclude they will,) they will certainly join with the Continental Congress in doing it. During the Ship Bulah’s stay in our Bay, she was continually watched by a Sub Committee, and did not enter. But while she lay at the Hook, waiting for a fair Wind, the night before she departed threatned a Storm and as the Boat on Board of which the Sub Committee attended, was not so well provided with Ground Tackling as the Ship, the Boat was obliged to go into a Cove of Safety, at some distance from the Ship. Messers Robert and John Murray the owners, who had some goods on board, having previously meditated a plan to land them, availed themselves of this opportunity, and effected it in the Night. Of this they were Suspected, and our Sub Committee of Observation, and the Committee of Elizabeth Town, having got a Clue to a discovery, the Owners Confessed the Matter upon oath. Our Citizens were so enraged at them for the horrid Deed, that it was with great difficulty they were prevailed upon not to Banish them. The fearful apprehension of these Miscreants, and the terms on which they are suffered to abide here, are fully expressed in the printed papers, which you have herewith. This is the only violation of the Association, we have had since it took place. The punishment they now, and will endure, is sufficient to Deter any Man, however Base from another Breach. The Friends of the Association, and the great Cause are Daily increasing, so that you have no reason to fear a defection of this Colony. Time will not permit me, to be more particular. I shall continue to inclose you all printed papers, which I may Judge of importance to you, regardless of Postage, untill you direct me to the Contrary.

    I am Dear Sir,

    In great Haste but with great Respect

    Your Humble Servant

    Alexander Mcdougall

    PS. As my political Character may tempt the Tools of Government, to open Letters to me, please to Cover your favors, to me, to Samuel Broome & Co, Merchants in New York.