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Arthur St. Clair to Joseph Shippen, Jun



Ligonier, May 18, 1775.

DEAR SIR: I yesterday received the enclosed letter from Mr˙ Cavet, with the contents of which I request you will make the Governour acquainted. You see Hanna and he are very uneasy, which is really not to be wondered at, as they have been now upwards of three months in confinement, for paying obedience to his Honour' s Proclamation, and have not had a single line from any person about Government, or any directions how to conduct themselves. The Governour in these times must be occupied by objects of much greater magnitude; but I wish he could spare a


few minutes for their affairs, which is truly a business of the last consequence to them, threatening them with no less than absolute ruin

We have an account that Lord Dunmore has been obliged to abandon his Government; it is the only piece of good news has reached us since the disputes with Great Britain took so serious a turn; but I doubt the truth of it.

The Pittsburgh Court is now sitting; whether they do business or not, I have not heard. The proposition for the relief of Cavet and Hanna, though I believe it practicable enough, I would do nothing in without the Governour' s concurrence, as it might be attended with serious consequences.

Yesterday we had a County meeting, and have come to resolutions to arm and discipline, and have formed an Association, which I suppose you will soon see in the papers. God grant an end may be speedily put to any necessity for such proceedings. I doubt their utility, and am almost as much afraid of success in this contest, as of being vanquished. I am, with much respect, dear Sir, your most obedient and most humble servant,


Joseph Shippen, Junior, Philadelphia.