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A Notice of Mr. Auchmuty' s Letter


SALEM, MASS˙, May 18, 1775. — From such servile wretches as the author of the above letter, do the British Administration receive informations relative to the state of America; and by such informations do they govern their conduct with respect to it; no wonder then that they discover so much folly, imbecility, and irresolution in all their measures.

His zeal for the Church had, it seems, influenced the past conduct of this would-be right reverend author and some of his Tory brethren of the Clergy in the Province of New-York. In order to engage their further labours in this good cause, his correspondent in England encourages him and them to hope, for the recompense of reward; that they should soon receive an ample retribution for all their toil and labour in the service of the Ministry. These are the baits held out to the tools of power, and these are sufficient to induce some among us to sacrifice the liberty of this Country, and, to rejoice, with infernal Satisfaction at seeing the land which gave them birth stained with the blood of its slaughtered inhabitants.

The correspondant of this Reverend gentleman talks much of the conciliating proposal made by Lord North, and asserts that the Colonists will be universally condemned if they do not comply with it; but the least observation must convince us that this proposal was no other than a flimsy State trick of this wise Minister, and did not, in reality, remove any grievance of which the Americans complained. According to this proposal the Parliament of Great Britain is to demand a certain sum in bulk of the Continent of America, but each Assembly is to have the power of adjusting the particular method in which its proportion shall be raised; but if it refuses to pay as much as the parliament demands or shall demand, it is to be dragooned into obedience; all the liberty allowed to the Colonies is to, determine how they will raise the sum taxed, without allowing them the liberty of judging whether they ought to be taxed or no; so that the power of taxation remains virtually and truly in the British Parliament still, and the Colonies are only flattered with an appearance of freedom. The proposal was designed as a bait to draw off our friends in Great Britain, and to dissolve the union of America; but it is seen through by both, and will most assuredly be treated by them with the contempt it deserves.

What must be the heart of the man who can jest, as doth this exearable Clergyman, with the miseries of his Country, and can exult at the thought of its being drenched in blood: the prospect of the arrival of Troops to answer this purpose affords him matter of triumph, This is a Tory Clergyman; to such men as these, our countrymen, (if we prevent them not by our own valorous exertion' s,) must we pay tithes of all that we possess; to such men as these must we become hewers of wood and drawers of water! Who can endure even the distant idea of such a state? what then must it be to fool and to groan under it!

It hath been the misfortune of this Province to produce many such vermin as the author of this letter, many who have acted, the part of parricides to their Country, and who would sacrifice that, together with their consciences, to their ambition and avarice; but we may comfort ourselves with the reflection, that it hath produced a long list of patriots, who are now straining every nerve to secure her freedom, and who will sacrifice their lives rather than that the schemes of such traitors as the author of this letter should succeed.

The ever-memorable nineteenth of April gave an answer to the questions so often asked by the enemies of American freedom, and among the rest by this little tool of power: what think ye of the Congress now? That day showed the efficacy of the Resolutions of that illustrious body, and evidenced that Americans would rather die than live slaves! A Hancock and an Adams, with the other patriots, whose names will be handed down, with everlasting honour, to posterity, still retain their invincible firmness; and in despite of British Fleets and Armies, under the assured protection of their God, will secure the freedom and happines of America.