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Letter from the New-Hampshire Delegates at Philadelphia, To the Provincial Committee of that Colony



Philadelphia, May 22,1775.

GENTLEMEN: We take this early opportunity of informing you by Captain Partridge, that the Congress, upon hearing of the forts at Ticonderoga and Crown Point being seized by the people of New-England, to prevent General Carleton, with his Canadians and Indians taking


possession of them to annoy our frontiers; and finding, by about thirty Indian Chiefs now in Philadelphia, as well as by persons sent to sound the dispositions of all the several Indian Nations, that such a design is really on foot; and that General Johnson, the Superintendent for Indian affairs, has really endeavoured to persuade the Indians to enter into a war with us; and that many other steps have been taken by a bloody-minded and cruel Ministry, to induce those hereditary enemies of America to fall upon and butcher its inhabitants; we say, upon those things appearing to the Congress, they have ordered the above forts to be demolished, and the warlike stores to be removed, and another fort to be erected and maintained at the lower part of Lake George, if the Committee of New-York shall think it necessary, and to call upon all the New-England Governments to give assistance, if required by New-York. We earnestly entreat you, for the honour of the Province, if such a requisition be made, to give them every possible assistance to preserve our people from the incursions of a barbarous and savage enemy.

We are sorry, gentlemen, that honour will not permit us to give you the least information rejecting our proceedings. We can only say that all the Colonies are firmly united, and are preparing for the worst. We hope that you will, in imitation of the other Colonies, proceed to choose your officers, and establish your Militia upon the new plan, which has been adopted by every Colony upon the Continent. We shall bring with us Governour Wentworth' s letters to Lord Dartmouth, for twelve months past, that you my judge whether he is your friend, as he pretends, or whether, he is not rather your inveterate enemy.

Gentlemen, we are with great respect, your most obedient servants,


To the Provincial Committee of New-Hampshire.

P˙S. We earnestly entreat you to prevent our General Court from making any application to Great Britain for redress of grievances, as that would draw all America upon our Province, it being agreed that no one shall make terms without the advice and consent of the whole.