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Declaration by several persons, of their reasons for signing the preceding Letter


Falmouth, September 1, 1775.

As the publick may expect my acquainting them with my reasons for signing a letter to the late Governour Hutchinson, in February, 1774 , I take this opportunity to declare, that my sole motives for signing that letter were a view to the publick good, and a wish to serve this Town in particular, to which I acknowledge myself under the greatest obligations. And, further, that I had no intention thereby to approve of Governour Hutchinson' s publick conduct, the conduct of the Ministry, or East-India Company. Since I have been an inhabitant of this Province, it has always been my study to avoid giving offence; and I sincerely wish the forgiveness of those who have been offended by that letter.