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Address of the Committee to Governour Gage


To his Excellency the Honourable THOMAS GAGE, Captain-General and Commander-in-chief of his Majesty' s Province of MASSACHUSETTS BAY.

May it please your Excellency:

The County of Suffolk being greatly, and in their opinion justly alarmed at the formidable appearance of hostility now threatening his Majesty' s good subjects of this county, and more particularly of the town of Boston, the loyal and faithful capital of this Province; beg leave to address your Excellency, and represent that the apprehensions of the people are more especially increased by the dangerous design now carrying into execution, of repairing and manning the fortifications at the south entrance of the town of Boston, which when completed, may at any time be improved to aggravate the miseries of that already impoverished and distressed city, by intercepting the wonted and necessary intercourse between the town and country, and compel the wretched inhabitants to the most ignominious state of humiliation and vassalage, by depriving them of the necessary supplies of provisions for which they are chiefly dependent on that communication: we have been informed that your Excellency, in consequence of the application of the Selectmen of Boston, has indeed disavowed any intention to injure the town, in your present manoeuvres, and expressed your purpose to be for the security of the troops and his Majesty' s subjects in the town; we are at a loss to guess, may it please your Excellency, from whence your want of confidence in the loyal and orderly people of this county could originate; a measure so formidable, carried into execution from a pre-conceived, though causeless jealousy of the insincerity of his Majesty' s troops and subjects in the town, deeply wounds the loyalty, and is an additional injury to the faithful subjects of this county, and affords them a strong motive for this application.

We therefore entreat your Excellency to desist from your design, assuring your Excellency that the people of this county are by no means disposed to injure his Majesty' s troops; they think themselves aggrieved and oppressed by the late Acts of Parliament, and are resolved, by divine assistance, never to submit to them, but have no inclination to commence a war with his Majesty' s troops, and beg leave to observe to your Excellency, that the ferment now excited in the minds of the people is occasioned by some late transactions, by seizing the powder in the Arsenal at Charlestown, by withholding the powder


lodged in the Magazine of the town of Boston from the legal proprietors, insulting, beating, and abusing passengers to and from the town by the soldiery, in which they have been encouraged by some of their officers, putting the people in fear, and menacing them in their nightly patrole into the neighbouring town, and more particularly by the fortifying the sole avenue by land into the town of Boston.

In duty therefore to his Majesty, and to your Excellency, and for the restoration of order and security to this county, we, the Delegates from the several towns in this county, being commissioned for this purpose, beg your Excellency' s attention to this our humble and faithful address, assuring you that nothing less than an immediate removal of the ordnance and restoring the entrance into that town to its former state, and an effectual stop of all insults and abuses in future, can place the inhabitants of this county in that peace and tranquillity in which every free subject ought to live.

His Excellency was waited on to know if he would receive the Committee with the above written Address, but desiring he might have a copy of it in a private way, that so when he received it from the Committee he might have an answer prepared for them, he was accordingly furnished with a copy. His Excellency then declared that he would receive the Committee on Monday at twelve o' clock.

Saturday, September 10, 1774.