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Title: Extract of a Letter from Philadelphia, Dated May 28.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginPhiladelphia, Penn., USA
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre American War of Independence
SourceThe Londonderry Journal & General Advertiser, Vol.V. No.43, Tuesday July 23rd,1776
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park
Doc. No.9909031
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 27:08:99.
Word Count374
TranscriptPart of a letter from Philadelphia, dated
May 28.
"We know the language of ministerial
sycophants is, that Independency has been
always our aim. We deny it. Our independency
will continue no longer than your
obstinancy and cruelty. Can you blame us for
this? We ask, we wish for no more than the
privileges of British subjects, and we will
have that, or bid you an everlasting adieu.
You rob us of our birthrights, you destroy
our charters, you burn our towns and villages,
you murder our wives and children, you
block up our trade, and you plunder us of
our property, and for remonstrating
against such cruelty, we are deemed rebels.
"Believe me, my good Sir, if we are
rebels (we value not the appellation your
parliament gives us) we are such rebels, as
England never before had to cope with.
Though a Charles Stuart and a Simon Frazier,
with a few undisciplined highlanders, shook
your credit, beat your troops in two pitched
battles, and penetrated so far as to alarm
your capital with a direct intention to
dethrone the grandfather of your now reigning
monarch, and subjugate Englishmen once
more to hereditary tyranny; yet, Sir, such
men, with all the dregs and refuse of your
country that accompanies them, cannot even
dismay us. Is it to be supposed that 50,000
men, composed of German mercenaries,
Scotch jacobites, Irish papists, and the
produce of your gaols, are to conquer America?
are to subjugate three millions of free people,
whose motto is "Death or Liberty," many
of whom are such enthusiasts, as to have
those words painted on their hats, caps, and
jackets with their own blood, who are fighting
in the cause of justice, with heaven on
their side, and who have above 100,000
men always ready to take the field, and was
there necessity, could arm a million? But
we wish not to either bully or puff, and this
I'm afraid, to men who know not America,
may bear the face of fiction. Such men I
could wish to refer to you, as you must be
sensible from your knowledge of this country,
that I don't exaggerate.
"The drum beats to arm, I must therefore
conclude with wishing you better
health, your King better ministers, and your
country a better [Parent?]"