[dateline] Wmsburgh May 18. 1776
Inclosed you have a printed Resolve1
which passed our Convention to the infinite joy of our people. The Resolve for Independency
has not that peremtory and decided Air I could wish. Perhaps the proviso which reserves
to this Colony the power of forming its own Government may be questionable as to its
fitness. Would not a Uniform plan of Government prepared for America by the Congress
and approved by the Colonies be a surer foundation of Unceasing Harmony to the whole.2
However such as they are the exultation here was extreme. The british flag on the
Capitol was immediately Struck and the Continental3
hoisted in its room. The troops were drawn out and we had a discharge of Artillery
and small arms.4
If Hopkins Fleet were in Chesepeke Bay Dunmores Fleet might be taken.
[salute] My Compliments to Mr. S. Adams and Mr. Payne. I am Sr. yr. Respectful Hble. servt.