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Letter from the Committee of Norfolk, Virginia, to the Baltimore Committee

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THE COMMITTEE OF NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH TO THE BALTIMORE COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE.

Norfolk, June 2, 1774.

GENTLEMEN: We acknowledge the receipt of your interesting favour, and hope you will still continue to communicate your sentiments to us on the important subject of your letter, in the freest and fullest manner. We are happy in so general a concurrence in opinion with you, and are ready to unite in any measures that may be generally thought for the advantage of the Colonies, and the relief of our unhappy brethren of Boston. We sympathize most sincerely with them in their sufferings; our hearts are warmed with affection for them; and we trust they will never be deserted, nor left the solitary strugglers against arbitrary power. The Act for blocking up their harbour and stopping their trade, and the Bill for altering and amending the Charter of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, which Lord North has lately brought into the House of Commons, we view as fatal strokes to the liberties of these Colonies, and as a public robbery of our rights, but we rest with a firm assurance that the paltry policy, of attacking a town or a Province singly, will never so unhappily delude, as to disunite us from that joint, firm and universal opposition of all British America, which, we trust, will always render abortive every such pernicious measure.

As we have had occasion to write to South Carolina, previous to this, our earliest opportunity of answering your favour, we transmit you a copy of that letter, which you may please to communicate as you think proper. You have also enclosed, some other papers, from which you will be fully sensible that we are ready to join in any measures for the public good.

We are with great esteem and regard, gentlemen, your most obedient, humble servants,

JOSEPH HUTCHINGS,
PAUL LOYALL,
ALEXANDER SKINNER,
WILLIAM HARVEY,
JAMES TAYLOR.

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