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Extract of a Letter from Germany, received in Philadelphia



All Germany is fixed in admiration, wonder, and amazement, at the firm, determined, heroick spirit of the brave Americans, and are exceedingly pleased with the undaunted opposition they make against the several attacks of the formidable arms of England, employed to deprive them of their just rights to natural liberty, and to shackle them in chains of slavery and subjection ever after; and this will be the miserable consequence, should they subdue you by their fleets and armies.

Great numbers of the Germans live in America, and they highly experience, in that happy country, the sweets of freedom and liberty, and which they did not enjoy here under their petty arbitrary rulers. These men will exert every nerve in support of the righteous cause of freedom, so sweet to them. Their numerous friends and relations here are constantly and most ardently supplicating the great Divine Ruler of all events to interpose and assist you with the almighty arm, and to set at naught all the wicked enslaving attempts of your enemies. But they hope you will not fold your arms, and depend altogether on the efficacy of your praying friends, but that you will make use of defensive means. And they hope and believe that Providence will be propitious to your cause, which you have already had an earnest of, and that your oppressors may be discomfited. We wish, that as England is going to hire foreign troops, in vain hope of subduing you, (their own men becoming enervated and spiritless so soon as they tread American soil,) that they could obtain Germans to be sent on this errand; for in that case we foresee the event would turn in your favour, as you have an extensile country for Germans to cultivate, and no people love profitable labour better, or are better adapted for the purpose, (which America has long experienced,) and we know that they would soon drop their fire-arms and betake themselves to the cultivation of lands. We think highly of the wisdom of your American Congress, and of all their good regulations throughout that extensive Continent, and we cannot enough


admire the decent, loyal, yet manly and spirited language contained in all their petitions and supplications to the Throne, and cannot enough detest the indecent treatment and scornful reception they have met with from those haughty men who guide all the movements of the Nation.

But we assure you that the unison cord has not been hit upon by your Congress, or all would, long ere this, have been well with America, and few would have known the true cause of the Army and Fleet returning to England. Two or three hundred thousand Pounds, judiciously applied, would have wrought this miracle and saved millions, which, for want of this knowledge, you are now expending in warlike preparations. France, Spain, Holland, and Germany, have long been acquainted with this prudent secret, and have frequently administered this specifick with the wished-for success. Money has removed mountains; it has turned the course of rapid rivers; it has built a barrier wall, to divide China from Tartary, of fifteen hundred miles in length; and surely it will influence the pliable yielding hearts of men. I hope this method will be adopted yet; it will never be unseasonable, for the English are as greedy and ravenous after money, as a hungry wolf is after a fat sheep. Their Kings are not proof against its fascinating charms, and we know that they have been bribed to the prejudice of England. Touch but Bute' s palm and all will be right; he is the arch fiend, and has all the imps at his command. We believe him to be a Jesuit, and we know he is a blood relation of the banished Stuart King; and we believe he has been long working schemes to bring in one of that family to be again King of England. May his schemes all fail, and may he be transformed, not into a pillar of salt, but into a man of stone, as a lasting infamous monument for posterity to gaze upon.