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Letter from the Committee of Correspondence for Connecticut to the New-York Committee


Copy of a Letter from the Committee of Correspondence for Connecticut to the Committee of Correspondence at Boston, enclosed in the preceding Letter to the New- York Committee:

Hartford, June 3, 1774.

GENTLEMEN: The lower House of Assembly, at their session at this place, which closes this day, came into sundry resolutions relative to their rights and privileges, a copy of which you have enclosed; and on the important subject take liberty to add, as our opinion, that a Congress is absolutely necessary previous to almost every other measure, since, as the injury is general, the mode taken for redress ought to be commensurate, which is not probable to be obtained short of a general conference and union. The resolves of merchants of any individual town or Province, however generously designed, must be partial when considered in respect to the whole Colonies in one general view; while, on the other hand, every measure recommended, every resolve come into by the whole united Colonies, must carry weight and influence with it on the mind of the people, and tend effectually to silence those base insinuations which our enemies are ever ready to throw out, of interested motives, sinister views, unfair practices, and the like, for the vile purposes of sowing the seeds of jealousy between the Colonies, to divide and render abortive all our designs in favour of the liberties of America. We conceive little or nothing need be added on the subject, the propriety and utility of which seems to be universally acknowledged. The time and place must be fixed. For the first, the earlier, consistent with having the principal Provinces notified and present, the better; say the last week of July, or first in August, by which time all, as far as Virginia, may be informed of and invited to attend it; for the place, New-York, is near the centre, but the season of the year make us prefer some


agreeable country town to a city, in which there will necessarily be more avocations, besides its being disagreeable in these months. Norwalk or Fairfield are towns in which gentlemen may be well accommodated in this Colony. But we submit this, as well as the time, to the opinion of the other Colonies, to whom we shall write, and expect their answer will be in season. We conceive, as Committees of Correspondence and Inquiry are appointed in every considerable Colony by their Assemblies, they are the proper persons to attend, or to appoint others for that business. But of this you are to judge. And we hint it, as the Assemblies of some of the Colonies will probably not have an opportunity of meeting again till next winter, and consequently will not be able to appoint in any season. We have only to add, that we are sensibly affected with your distressed situation.

We are, gentlemen, with great respect, your obedient servants. By order, and in behalf of the Committee of Correspondence for Connecticut,

To the Committee of Correspondence for Boston.

P˙ S˙ Yours of the 31st ult˙, in answer to ours of the 26th, is before us. The situation of the town of Boston, particularly of the poor, and such as must now be deprived of employ, and reduced to straits, was considered by both Houses of Assembly, and a resolution come into to contribute to their relief, which passed both Houses. But the time and mode of carrying it into execution is deferred until they hear more directly from you, which doubtless they will before their next meetings.