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Offer by the Merchants and Traders of Marblehead


Marblehead, June 7, 1774.

We, the subscribers, Merchants and Traders of Marblehead, do hereby offer to our oppressed, but much respected brethren of Boston, and other neighbouring towns thereof, during the operation of the Act of Parliament, called the Port Bill, the free use of our stores in this town, reserving only sufficient room for our own goods and merchandise. We likewise assure them of our readiness in seeing to the lading and unlading of their goods in this town, and shall consider ourselves obliged to them for every opportunity of thus saying them expense, and showing how much we sympathize with and respect them. We confidently depend on their patience and resolution, the known characteristics of Bostonians and their neighbours; and hope soon to see them relieved from their distress, and the liberties of America founded on a permanent basis by an indissoluble Union.

Signed by twenty-eight of the principal Merchants and Traders.

N˙ B˙ Such of us as have wharfs do likewise heartily and freely give the use of them to our brethren aforesaid, for landing their goods and merchandise in this place.