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‘ [443] share with us in our small supplies of the necessaries
Chap. XLVIII.} 1773. Jan.
of life; and should we still not be able to withstand, we are determined to retire, and seek repose amongst the inland aboriginal natives, with whom we doubt not but to find more humanity and brotherly love, than we have lately received from our Mother Counry.’ ‘We join with the town of Petersham,’ was the reply of Boston, ‘in preferring a life among the savages to the most splendid condition of slavery; but Heaven will bless the united efforts of a brave people.’

‘It is only some people in the Massachusetts Bay making a great clamor, in order to keep their party alive,’ wrote time-servers to Dartmouth,1 begging for further grants of salaries, and blind to the awakening of a nation. Samuel Adams, who thoroughly understood the people of New England, predicted ‘a most violent political earthquake through the whole British empire.’2 ‘This unhappy contest between Britain and America,’ he continued, ‘will end in rivers of blood; but America may wash her hands in innocence.’ And informing Rhode Island of the design of ‘Administration to get their Charter vacated,’ he advised them to make delay, without conceding any of their rights; and to address the Assemblies of all the other Colonies for support.3

1 W. Franklin to Dartmouth, No. 4, 5 Jan. 1773. Cortland Skin ner's Petition for a salary from the Crown.

2 Samuel Adams to Darius Sessions, 2 Jan. 1773.

3 Compare Joseph Ward to Ezra Stiles, Boston, 2 Jan. 1773.

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