Boston 6th May 1775

Dear Will

You'll observe by this, that I am
yet in Boston, & here like to remain -- three of us
charterd a vessell a fortnight since to convey us to Halifax
as Sam dont think your city Safe by any means, but
the absolute refusal of the Governor to Suffer any
merchandize to be carried out the town, had determd
me to Stay & take care of my effects, together wth the
perswasion of Saml & his wife & Ruthy - the latter
being perfectly willing & desirous of going without
me, as her peace of mind depends entirely upon his
leaving the town; in concequence of which have
acquiesed, but am affraid it will be a long time
before I Shall See her again, if ever. near half
the inhabitants have left the town already, &
another quarter, at least, have been waiting for
a week past with earnest expectation of geting
Passes, which have been dealt out very Sparingly
of late, not above two or three procur'd of a day, &
those with the greatest difficulty. its a fortnight
yesterday Since the communication between the
town & country was Stop'd, of concequence our eyes
have not been bless'd with either vegetables or fresh
provisions, how long we Shall continue in
this wretched State - God only knows - but that
no more blood may be Shed is the earnest

wish & prayer of your affectionate friend
& Brother
Jno. Andrews

PS
I expect to bid farewell to
Sam & his wife & Ruthy, tomorrow or Sunday,
but I hope not an eternal farewell - you can
have no conception, Bill, of the distress the people
in general are involvd in, you'll See parents that
are lucky enoh to procure papers, wth bundles in
one hand & a string of children in the other, wan-
dering out of the town (wth only a Sufferance of one
days provision) not knowing whither they'll
go. Such Bill are but feint emblems of the
distress that Seem to threaten us, which I
hope the Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom
will avert — your uncle Joe has engag'd a
passage for London at the expence of 100 Guineas
for himself & wife, to expedite her sailing wthout waitg
for freight, Balch, bror Joe & his wife, Jno Amory & c & c
go in her, your uncle & aunt are very desirous
for us, but my finances wont, at present, admit
of it, as my whole interest, savg outstanding debt,
is in town & cant be remov'd — if the lines Should
be attackd, as Some are apprehensive of, farewell
to life & prosperity — you must know that no person
who leaves the town is allow'd to return again & this
morng an order from the Govr has put a stop to any
more passes at any rate not even to admit those
to go, who have procurd im already —

[Endorsement]

John Andrews Boston
6th May 1775

[Address]


For
William Barrell
Merchant
Philadelphia

20.5 x 17.2 cm

From the Andrews-Eliot correspondence