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John Jay to New-York Congress



Philadelphia, November 26, 1775.

SIR: I have the honour of transmitting to you the enclosed resolutions of Congress, relative to the Island of Bermuda.

We have not yet had the pleasure of hearing that you had made a House, and are not without some anxiety on that head. In a few days, we shall write to you collectively, and should be glad frequently to be informed of the state of the Province.

The New-England exploit is much talked of, and conjectures are numerous as to the part the Convention will take relative to it. Some consider it as an ill compliment to the Government of the Province, and prophesy that you have too much Christian meekness to take any notice of it. For my own part, I don' t approve of the feat, and think it neither argues much wisdom or much bravery; at any rate, if it was to have been done, I wish our own people, and not strangers, had taken the liberty of doing it. I confess I am not a little jealous of the honour of the Province, and am persuaded that its reputation cannot be maintained without some little spirit being mingled with its prudence.

I am, Sir, with respect and esteem, your most obedient servant, JOHN JAY.

To Colonel Nathaniel Woodhull, at New-York.