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.
[Ms., Historical Society of Pennsylvania; a draft
is in the Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]
Boston Sept 19 1781
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