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Extract of a Letter from Savannah



Yesterday the inhabitants of Savannah met and chose Deputies to meet in Provincial Congress; the Deputies of the several Parishes and Districts of this Province to be chosen before the eighteenth of next month, on which day they meet; and there is not the least doubt they will adopt every measure recommended by the Congress, and firmly enter into the Association. You may be assured they will on that day also elect Deputies to meet the Continental or General Congress, to be held in Philadelphia on or about the 10th day of May next. The spirit of opposition has subsided, and most of the Protesters against the former Resolves came to the poll and voted for Delegates. Two of our back Parishes which made the most noise, are now come over to us; as the Carolina trade was ready to be stopped, it immediately lessoned the value of Indian corn one-third.

When you consider our local situation, and the circumstances of having as many place-men and publick officers with their connections, as the largest and most populous Government on the Continent, and those with independent salaries from Government; add to that the Indian war with which the Province was threatened, which is now settled, was a strong argument with many why the opposition to Government should not be made by us, as we had just applied home for Troops: that difficulty being removed, there is not the least doubt but Georgia will appear among the foremost in support of civil and religious liberty. I


have taken the liberty to give you a hint of what you may depend we shall do (you being one of the Committee.) I will take it as a particular favour if you will interest yourself in behalf of the Province, and do all in your power to let the Brig return, not that I am one farthing interested in her any ways, but that the many virtuous among us will be sufferers, and the Province lie under a reproach, which, when experienced, may be a means to frustrate their good intentions.

There is large donations of Rice for the sufferers in Boston, and had we the means of sending it to them, with very little trouble much more would be collected and sent. Few have subscribed less than ten tierces of Rice. If no opportunity offers soon directly to Boston, it will be sent to your Committee to be disposed of for them.