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Letter from Theophylact Bache to Philip Livingston: The accusation that he is inimical to the cause and rights of America is unmerited



Flatbush, July 1, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: I would have waited upon you this day, pursuant to your citation received on Friday last, but the distressed state of Mrs˙ Bache and my numerous family, since the arrival of the fleet at Sandy-Hook, will, I hope, be a sufficient apology for my remaining with them, as they will require all my attention to save them from the horrible calamities of the approaching conflict.

My being represented to the Congress as one of the persons inimical to the cause and rights of America fills me with the deepest concern. Be assured, gentlemen, that the accusation is unmerited, and must have proceeded from those who are unacquainted with my sentiments. I have not, since the unhappy dispute began, contravened any order of the Congress, Continental or Provincial, nor is it my intention.

I sincerely hope for a reconciliation, that this once happy country may enjoy the blessing of peace; and am, gentlemen, your most obedient, humble servant,


To P˙ Livingston, Esq˙, and gentlemen of the Congress.