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Meeting of the Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence of Boston


Boston, September 24, 1774.

At a Meeting of the Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence of Boston, September 24, 1774:

Our friends in the neighbouring towns and country in general, having expressed their uneasiness lest the workmen in this town, by assisting the army in building barracks, would give occasion of umbrage to their friends who dwell more remote, whether in this or the neighbouring Colonies, particularly to our brethren of New-York, who have nobly rejected the application of the Barrack-master for mechanics and other assistants from that place; therefore, having debated this matter, in compliance with the applications of our friends in the country, it is the opinion of this Joint Committee, that should the mechanicks or other inhabitants of this town assist the troops, by furnishing them with artificers, labourers, or materials of any kind, to build barracks or other places of accommodation for the troops, they will probably incur the displeasure of their brethren, who may withhold their contributions for the relief of the town, and deem them as enemies to the rights and liberties of America, by furnishing the troops with conveniences for their residence and accommodation in this town.