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Letter from Spencer Man to General Grant


Intercepted Letter transmitted to Congress by General Washington, with his Letter dated December 18, 1775.


St˙ Augustine, October 4, 1775.

SIR: It was with much pleasure that I heard by the St˙ Lawrence armed schooner of your safe arrival at Boston, and that you were in good health, which I sincerely wish may long continue, and hope we shall have the pleasure to see you in this country before you return home, as I flatter myself the regard you have shown on all occasions to the welfare of this Colony, never was more wanted to be exercised than at present. You will, I doubt not, be informed of the situation of our politicks by more able hands than mine, and shall only observe that our political body is much diseased, and I know no doctor who could Cure it so well as you; and with respect to settlement we are going back every day, and I believe our ruler has neither ability to point out, or interest to procure any good to us; in a word, sir, if you do not stir a little for us, we shall be a nonentity very soon. I hope, therefore, as do many of your friends here, that you will pay us a visit before you return to England.

Wishing you health, success, and safety in your present situation, I remain, sir, your much obliged and most humble servant,


To Brigadier-General James Grant.