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Mr˙ Goddard at Boston, with Letters from Towns to the Eastward


BOSTON, April 21, 1774. — Yesterday arrived in this town from the Eastward, Mr˙ William Goddard, by whom letters are received from the Committees of Correspondence of Portsmouth, Newbury, Newburyport, Salem, &c˙, expressive of the hearty concurrence of the gentlemen of those towns with the proposal of erecting a Post Office, upon constitutional principles, throughout the Continent. Subscriptions


are set on foot in each of them, and they have already succeeded beyond the most sanguine expectation in all.

The removal of Dr˙ Franklin from the Post Office had added fresh spirit to the promoters of this salutary plan, as several viewed an opposition to his interest, at a time when he had signally served the cause of America, as a very disagreeable object; but all reluctance from that quarter must now vanish, and all the friends of liberty rejoice that they have now an opportunity of taking up a gentleman, discarded by an unrighteous Ministry for the faithful discharge of his duty, and placing him above a dependence on their caprice, in the grateful arms of his applauding countrymen.