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Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman in Boston to his Friend in Philadelphia

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EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM A GENTLEMAN IN BOSTON TO HIS FRIEND IN PHILADELPHIA, DATED FEBRUARY 1, 1775.

The day appointed by the Provincial Congress for a Publick Thanksgiving, a number of persons in this Town showed their disapprobation thereto, by opening their Shops as usual, for which they were treated in an uncivil manner, and those persons were said to be Quakers. I therefore think it my duty, as an honest, impartial, and most unbiassed member of this community, and one who wishes nothing more ardently than a true, fair, and candid representation of facts might appear, to assure thee, and I can of my own certain knowledge assure thee, that it is a most malicious and injurious falsehood, and no doubt propagated by the base enemies of our invaluable constitutional rights and privileges, for the most vile and malevolent purposes; for I do well know, that the Friends in this Town did not open their Shops on said Thanksgiving Day; nor have I heard the least unfriendly or uncivil expression uttered by any of the inhabitants of this Town against them, as a people, for many years; but, on the contrary, I do most certainly know, that they are always, and on all occasions, treated with full as much (and I think more) Catholick tenderness, friendly and neighbourly kindness and affection, than persons of any other sect or denomination amongst us.

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