Primary tabs

Massachusetts Committee of Safety to the Committee of Safety, Correspondence, and Protection, in Albany



In Committee of Safety, Cambridge,

May 7, 1775.

SIR: We have received your important and very agreeable letter of the first of May current, by the worthy Captain Ten Eyck. While we lament the effusion of the blood of our friends and fellow-countrymen, shed by more than brutal cruelty, and urged on by the corrupt administration of a British Minister of State, yet, amidst all our sorrows on that melancholy occurrence, we rejoice greatly at the bright prospect lying before us, in the unanimity of the Colonies on this extended Continent. We have the highest satisfaction in the assurances from you, that the City of Albany continues firm and resolute to co-operate with their brethren in New-York, and in the several Colonies on the Continent, in their opposition to the Ministerial plan now


prosecuting against us, and that the City have unanimously appointed a Committee of Safety, Protection, and Correspondence, which we esteem as a necessary measure to bind us all in one indissoluble bond of union in the common cause of the American Colonies. Be assured, sir, that we shall ever esteem it as our honour and interest to correspond with you at all times on matters tending to promote the common good. Suffer us to say that we have the greatest pleasure in your information that the extensive County of Albany will follow your laudable example, and the important aid the general cause will receive from our sister Colony New-York. The enclosed, you may depend upon it, is a well authenticated account of the late engagement in this Colony, and supported by a great number of affidavits. Permit us to say that you may rely upon the resolution of the people of this Colony to exert themselves in every possible way, and have long since devoted their lives and fortunes in the glorious cause of liberty and their Country, and that they never can give up their stand to oppose despotism and tyranny, while they have such full assurances from their sister Colonies, that they are equally engaged in the defence of the natural and constitutional rights of Americans. The blood of our neighbours, untimely poured out, cries aloud to the survivors to defend the American rights for which they bled and died. We have their wounds fresh in mind; and while the Colonies are united, we have the fullest assurances (under God) of the salvation of our Country.

We are, &c.