Primary tabs

Letter from Henry Juncken to the Philadelphia Committee



In Committee, March 1, 1776.

Henry Juncken, of this city, having voluntarily sent to this Committee the following Letter, which is voted a proper acknowledgment of his own,

Ordered, That the same be published in all the Newspapers, English and German, in and near this city.

T˙ MATLACK, Secretary pro tem.

"GENTLEMEN: Whereas I have been charged, before you, of being inimical to the noble, struggle for liberty in general; as well as to the Association in particular. And whereas there may have words dropped in conversation, which may be construed as tending to discourage those which otherwise would have associated, the which was never my intention to do. And whereas I value liberty as dear as life, and am sensible that I shall reap a proportionable benefit In the success of this our noble struggle for the same, my interest and that of the publick being inseparably connected.

"And whereas I am sorry for any unguarded word or expression which may have dropped from my mouth, and which may convey even the most distant sense of being inimicably disposed to this our noble struggle; being also deeply concerned for the displeasure of the publick In general, as well as my respected fellow-citizens in particular, for whom I have nothing but love and good-will at heart, and with whom I wish to live in peace, harmony, and friendship. Therefore, to appease their minds, and to convince the publick in general that this my declaration is sincere, and that I am not insensible to the duty of my country, I do hereby, of my own free will and accord, and without any persuasion, threat, or compulsion whatever, ask their pardon for any offence by me to them, or any of them, given. My future conduct will and shall prove that I am equally with them engaged in the same good cause, and that I am determined, as I always have been, to stand or fall with them in this our noble struggle for liberty.


"To the Gentlemen of the Committee of Inspection."