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Reply of Governour Franklin


January 8, 1776.

SIR: Being conscious that my letter, which has been intercepted, contained nothing but what was my duty to write, as a faithful officer of the Crown, being a mere narrative of such facts and reports as had come to my knowledge, concerning publick transactions, I have not the least intention to quit the Province, nor shall I, unless compelled by violence. Were I to act otherwise, it would not be consistent with my declarations to the Assembly, at the last session, nor my regard to the good people of this Province.

Your humble servant, WILLIAM FRANKLIN.

To William Winds, Esq.