|Title:||Extract of a Letter from New York to Belfast|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Origin||New York, USA|
|Relationship||re American colonies|
|Source||The Belfast News-Letter, Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 July, 1775|
|Archive||The Central Library, Belfast|
|Log||Document added by LT, 19:12:00.|
Extract of a letter from a gentleman in New-York, to
his friend in this town, dated 22nd May, 1775, by ship
to Corke [Cork?].
..." You mention the determined resolution of the
Ministry to bring America to subjection; but you may
take my word for it, the united force of England, and
all Europe besides, could not effect it.
The inhabitants of this happy country are free, and are
determined to live and die so. You say fifty thousand
men would be sent against us if necessary; but I can
assure you five hundred thousand could not subdue the
spirits of men actuated by a spirit of Liberty.
Your good wishes for your brother and me demand our
grateful acknowledgements:- But surely, when you
consider the noble and virtuous cause of the country
whose bread we eat, and whose blessings we partake
of, you cannot blame us for taking an active part.
To tell you the truth, we are both engaged, and will,
with the blessings of God, spend our lives and fortunes
(if necessary) in so important an undertaking, if the
necessities of times require it...."