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Extract of a Letter from James Habersham to Messrs. Clark and Milligan, London



Savannah, Georgia, April 17, 1775

The fiery patriots in Charleston have stopped all dealings with us, and will not suffer any Goods to be landed there from Great Britain; and I suppose the Northern Provinces will follow their example.

The people on this Continent are generally almost in a State of madness and desperation; and should not conciliatory measures take place on your side, I know not what may be the consequence. I fear an open rebellion against the Parent State, and consequently amongst ourselves. Some of the inflammatory resolutions and measures taken and published in the Northern Colonies, I think too plainly portend this. However, I must and do, upon every occasion, declare that I would not choose to live here longer than we are in a state of proper subordination to, and under the protection of, Great Britain; although I cannot altogether approve of the steps she has lately taken, and do most cordially wish that a permanent line of Government, was drawn and pursued by the mother and her children and may God give your Senators wisdom to do it, and heal the breach; otherwise, I cannot think of the event but with horrour and grief. Father against son, and son against father, and the nearest relations and friends combating with each other! I may perhaps say with truth, cutting each other' s throats. Dreadful to think of, much more to experience. But I will have done with this disagreeable subject, and am, gentlemen, your humble servant,

P˙ S. I find the American Merchants in London, have begun to stir in this matter; and I hope their application will meet with success, as no good can ensue to Great Britain and her Colonies from this contest, but much hurt to both. I am for peace on constitutional grounds.