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Title: Extract of a Letter from Wilmington, Pennsylvania
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginWilmington, Penn., USA
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre colonists in North America
SourceThe Belfast News-Letter, Friday 10 to Tuesday 14 March, 1775
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast
Doc. No.1200300
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 19:12:00.
Word Count314
Extract of a Letter from Wilmington, Newcastle County,
in the Province of Pennsylvania, dated February 4, 1775.
" The public affairs in America are much the same
now as when you sailed; the spirit of liberty, and
opposition to the unconstitutional supremacy of
Parliament grows daily more general, so that the whole
continent appears individually interested in the event,
and cooly determined to risk their lives and property
in defence of their privileges: and lest the pacific
mode of redress recommended by the late Continental
Congress, should prove ineffectual, nor the voice of
justice and humanity be regarded, the Colonies are
forming themselves into a regular militia, and have
already began to train; and no doubt but in a very
short space of time a large army, composed of
gentlemen and freemen, well disciplined and armed,
will be ready and willing to act on any emergency;
and I am firmly of opinion, that unless a speedy
reconciliation between the Mother Country and the
Colonies takes place, or if the plan concerted for
enslaving America be persisted in or attempted to
be enforced, that a civil war, however dreadful,
will inevitably be the consequence. The Bostonians,
by their mild and moderate conduct, gain credit
every day; and liberal donations are continually
transmitted to them to support them in their distress.
All exports from America will take place early next
Fall, and be strictly adhered to, as is the resolves
of the late Congress, which are so religiously
observed, that the least indulgence is not given or
toleration allowed. The war between Virginia and the
Indians was lately finally concluded upon, and Hostages
given. By the Eastern Mail we hear, that more men of
war are arrived at Boston with troops from England,
and that some are expected, to come up this river to
stop up the ports. America is now reduced to the
alternative of either becoming slaves or continuing
freemen, if the former, despotism will ensue, and if
the latter, independence."