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To the Publick



Boston, January 20, 1775.

The Committee appointed by the Town of Boston to receive and distribute Donations for the charitable purpose of relieving and employing the sufferers by means of the Act of Parliament commonly called the Boston Port Bill, from a due regard to their own characters and that of the Town under whose appointment they act, as well as for the sake of the said sufferers, who depend upon the continued beneficence of their friends for necessary relief, think themselves obliged, in this publick manner, to contradict a slanderous report raised by evil-minded persons, spread in divers parts of this Province, and perhaps more extensively through the Continent.

The report is, that "each member of the Committee is allowed six Shillings, as some say half a Guinea, for every day' s attendance, besides a commission upon all the Donations


received, and other emoluments for their trouble."

The Committee, therefore, thus openly declare that the above mentioned report is in every part of it groundless and false; and that they have hitherto attended and acted in their office, and still continue so to do, without any intention, hope, or desire, of receiving any other reward in this life but the pleasure which results from a consciousness of having done good. So satisfied are they of their own disinterested motives and conduct in this regard, that they can safely appeal to the Omniscient Being for their sincerity in this declaration.

And whereas, the Committee have this evening been informed by a letter from the country, of another report equally injurious, viz: that "the Committee have employed poor persons in working for themselves and gentlemen of fortune with whom they are particularly connected in their private concerns, and paid them out of the Donations received." The Committee do, with the same solemnity, declare the said report to be as false as it is scandalous.

They were early apprehensive that the enemies of truth and liberty would spare no pains to misrepresent their conduct and asperse their characters, and therefore, that they might have it in their power to vindicate themselves, they have constantly kept regular books, containing records of the whole of their proceedings, which books, as the Committee advertised the publick some months ago, are open for the inspection of such as are inclined to look into and examine them.

The Committee now challenge any person whatever to make it appear that there is a just foundation for such reports. Until this reasonable demand is complied with, they confide in the justice of the publick, that no credit will be given to reports so injurious to the Committee and to this oppressed and insulted people.

If the friends of truth will inform the Committee of any reports they may hear tending to defame the Committee, and by that means to discourage further Donations for the benevolent purpose of relieving the sufferers above mentioned, it will be acknowledged as a particular favour.

Signed by order of the Committee,