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Thomas Cushing to Arthur Lee



Boston, February, 1775.

DEAR SIR: I am obliged to you for your favour of the 6th of December last. I heartily rejoice to hear you are safely arrived in London; we are much obliged to you for travelling night and day from Rome, in order to do what service you can at so important a crisis. The people in America are not all dismayed at the King' s Speech; they wish for peace, and for an amicable and equitable settlement of this unhappy controversy; but if their hopes should be called off by the intemperate and violent conduct of the mother country, after the conciliatory offers that have been made by the Continental Congress, by which they have reduced the dispute to mere matter of speculation, and Administration should determine to carry into execution the late Acts of Parliament, by a Military Force, the people of America, I am persuaded, will make the last appeal. They are determined life and liberty shall go together. You need not be concerned; firmness and unanimity prevail through all the Colonies; the Association of the Continental Congress is sacredly adhered to, and I have just been informed that the Merchants at New-York have obliged a Vessel that arrived there from Scotland, since the 1st of February, to return immediately without breaking bulk. Our people are prompt and forward in their military exercises, There never was, since we have been a people, such a military spirit prevailing as at present; but God forbid we should settle this dispute by Arms. May the great Governour of the Universe direct the Councils of the Nation, and lead them into such measures as may restore peace, harmony, and happiness to both countries. I had the pleasure of seeing your brother, Colonel Lee, at the Congress, at Philadelphia, and spending many an agreeable hour with him; he is a steady friend to his country, and an able defender of her rights. Pray let me hear from you by every opportunity, and advise me constantly of the designs of Administration relative to America. I am, with great truth, your sincere friend and humble servant,


Arthur Lee, Esquire, London.

P˙ S˙ The terms of accommodation between Great Britain and the Colonies, which you and I have joined in judgment in, and have heretofore thought reasonable, happen to be approved by all the leading men in America, as you will perceive by the Resolutions of the Continental Congress.

T˙ C.