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Letter from the People of Northampton County


Afterwards, the Committee having chosen John Bowdoin, Chairman, adjourned till Saturday following, when the business is to be resumed; and measures more fully adopted for the strictest observance of the Association:

Northampton, Virginia, August 30, 1774.

GENTLEMEN: The people of this County, compassionating the distressed poor in your Town, have shipped you one thousand bushels of Indian corn, to be distributed by you among such families as you shall think most in want of it. The Corn is now sent by the bearer, Captain Nathaniel Brown, whose bill of lading for the same you will receive enclosed, the freight of whichwill be paid him here, upon his producing your receipt for the Corn. The people in this place most sincerely sympathize with, their brethren in Boston, in their present distress, and will at all times cheerfully join in every measure proposed for their relief. Such considerable collections are making in this Colony, that we hope the poor will not suffer for want of provisions; and we rely on the firmness of your people, in adhering to the glorious cause in which, they are engaged, till it may please Providence to restore them to the possession of their just rights, and establish the liberties of all America on the most permanent foundation.

We are, most sincerely, gentlemen, your affectionate brethren, and countrymen,

The People of NORTHAMPTON.

To the Committee of Donations at Boston.