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Concession of John Prentiss for importing Tea


Williamsburg, November 24, 1774.

It gives me much concern to find that I have incurred the displeasure of the York and Gloucester Committees, and thereby of the publick in general, for my omission in not countermanding the order which I sent to Mr˙ Norton for two half chests of Tea; and do with truth declare, that I had not the least intention to give offence, nor did I mean an opposition to any measure for the publick good. My countrymen, therefore, it is earnestly hoped, will readily forgive me for an act which may be interpreted so much to my discredit; and I again make this publick declaration, that I had not the least design to act contrary to those principles which ought to govern every individual who has a just regard for the rights and liberties of America.