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Letter from Devereux Smith


Pittsburg, April 9th, 1774.

SIR: When Justices Mackay, McFarlane, and I, returned from attending the court last evening, we were informed that Doctor Conolly was determined to issue King' s warrants for us, which were served on the above mentioned gentlemen and myself this day by Mr˙ Conolly' s Sheriff. The crime which we are charged with is for the answer we gave Doctor Conolly in writing by the concurrence of the Court of Westmoreland, a copy of which was enclosed to your Honor per favour of Colonel Wilson. Mr˙ Conolly offered to enlarge us on condition of giving bail to take our trial at Staunton court in Virginia, which the other gentlemen and I refused, so that we go to jail this day, where we intend to remain till your Honor' s pleasure is known, which we make no doubt will be in a


short time. It is true, our going away from our families and business at this time, will be attended with very great inconveniences, but we are willing to suffer that, and a great deal more, rather than bring a disgrace on the commission which we bear under your Honor.

I am, with great respect, your Honor' s most obedient and most humble servant,