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Letter from the Committee of Safety to the Several Towns in Massachusetts

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LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE OF SAFETY TO THE SEVERAL TOWNS IN MASSACHUSETTS.

Cambridge, April 28. 1775.

GENTLEMEN: The barbarous murders committed on our innocent brethren on Wednesday the 19th instant, have made it absolutely necessary that we immediately, raise an Army to defend our wives and children from the butchering hands of an inhuman soldiery, who, incensed at the obstacles they met with in their bloody progress, and enraged at being repulsed from the field of slaughter, will, without doubt, take the first opportunity in their power to ravage this devoted Country with fire and sword. We conjure, therefore, by all that is dear, by all that is sacred, that you give all assistance possible in forming the Army. Our all is at stake. Death and devastation are the certain consequences of delay; every moment is infinitely precious; an hour lost may deluge your Country in blood, and entail perpetual slavery upon the few of your posterity who may survive the carnage. We beg and entreat, as you will answer it to your Country, to your own consciences, and, above all, to God himself, that you will hasten and encourage, by all possible means, the enlistment of men to form the Army, and send them forward to Head Quarters at Cambridge, with that expedition which the vast importance and instant urgency of the affair demands. We are, &c.

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