[dateline] Braintree June 16th. 1775
I have the Pleasure of acquainting you that I last Evening recieved Letters from Mr.
wherein he informs me that the Congress are determined to support the Massachusetts—that
there is a good Spirit among them, and that they have an amazing Field of Business
before them—that it is extensive, complicated and hazardous, but their Unanimnity
is as great as before—that they have a Number of new and ingenious Members—that the
military Spirit which runs thro' the Continent is truly amazing. The City of Philadelphia
turns out 2000 Men every Day. Mr. Dickinson is a Coll., Mr. Reed a Lt. Coll., Mr.
Mifflin a Major.
The Bearer of one of the Letters Mr. Hall is a Maryland Gentleman accompanied by his
Brother. Gentlemen of independant Fortune, the one a Lawyer, the other a Physician,
and of one of the best Families in Maryland and are come 500 Miles as Volunteers to
the Camp, where they intend to spend the Season.
Please Sir to accept my most respectful Regards to Mrs. Bowdoin, and ardent Wishes
for the Restoration of your Health from your humble Servant,