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Letter from J. Warren to the Publick, with an Extract of a Letter from Samuel Adams



Boston, September 24, 1774.

As I have been informed that the conduct of some few persons of the Episcopal denomination, in maintaining principles inconsistent with the rights and liberties of mankind, has given offence to some of the zealous friends of this country, I think myself obliged to publish the following extract of a letter, dated September 9, 1774, which I received from my worthy and patriotick friend, Mr˙ Samuel Adams, a Member of the Congress now sitting in Philadelphia, by which it appears, that however injudicious some individuals may have been, the gentlemen of the established Church of England are men of the most just and liberal sentiments, and are high in the esteem of the most sensible and resolute defenders of the rights of the people of this Continent; and I earnestly request my countrymen to avoid every thing which our enemies may make use of to prejudice our Episcopal brethren against us, by representing us as disposed to disturb them in the free exercise of their religious privileges, to which we know they have the most undoubted claim; and which, from a real regard to the honour and interest of my country, and the rights of mankind, I hope they will enjoy as long as the name of America is known in the world.


"After settling the mode of voting, which is by giving each Colony an equal voice, it was agreed to open the business with prayer. As many of our warmest friends are members of the Church of England, I thought it prudent, as well on that as some other accounts, to move that the service should be performed by a clergyman of that denomination. Accordingly, the lessons of the day and prayer were read by the Reverend Doctor Duche, who afterwards made a most excellent extemporary prayer, by which he discovered himself to be a gentleman of sense and piety, and a warm advocate for the religious and civil rights of America."