The Writings of Samuel Adams - Volume 4 eBook

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Europe.  I wish to know the true State of our Affairs.  Are we soon to have Peace?  However desireable this may be, we must not wish for it on any Terms but such as shall he honorable & safe to our Country.  Let us not disgrace our selves by giving just Occasion for it to be said hereafter, that we finishd this great Contest with an inglorious Accommodation.  Things are whisperd here which, if true, will cause much Discontent.  The Citizens of this Part of America will say, and judge, my dear Sir, whether it would not be just, that the fishing Banks are at least as important as Tobacco yards, or Rice Swamps, or the flourishing Wheat Fields of Pennsylvania.  The Name only of Independence is not worth the Blood of a single Citizen.  We have not been so long contending for Trifles.  A Navy must support our Independence; and Britain will tell you, that the Fishery is a grand Nursery of Seamen. —­I understand that G M,2 is appointed Deputy Financier, R R L,3 Secretary of foreign Affairs, and if Gl S4 is appointed to the War Department and Gl M5 to the” Marine, there will be a compleat N Y Administration.  It may be well to enquire, what Influence has brought this about, & whether so much Power vested in the Citizens of any one State will excite the reasonable Jealousy of the rest.  Adieu my Friend.  Find a Moments Leisure to write to me.

1 President of Congress.

2 Gouverneur Morris.

3 Robert R. Livingston.

4 Philip Schuyler.

5 Alexander McDougall.

TO THOMAS McKEAN.

[Ms., Historical Society of Pennsylvania; a draft is in the Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]

Boston Sept 19 1781

MY HONORD FRIEND

The Bearer, Major Brown, is a Person who has deservd well of the United States, and has for that Reason the Esteem of Men of Distinction in this Commonwealth.  He was formerly a Soldier in the British Service, and before the Commencement of Hostilities, he left that Service—­Immediately after the Battle of Lexington he joynd the American Army in which his Zeal & Activity was signalizd—­In July 1776 he servd as Major in the Militia of this State at Ticonderoga under Genl Gates—­In 1777 he was appointed Depy Muster Master by Col Ward, and when the Convention Troops arrivd at Cambridge he was employd by Genl Heath as Town Major—­ He has Certificates of his Fidelity from that General as well as the Commissary of Musters Coll Ward—­ Your Attention to a Request he will make to Congress for Allowance for Depreciation (if you can find Leisure) will much oblige me.

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