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Letter from Henry Bass to Samuel P. Savage, 19 December 1765

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Boston, 19 Decr .1765


On seeing Messrs. Edes & Gills last mondays
Paper, the Loyall Nine repair'd the same Evg. to
Liberty Hall, in order to Consult what further
should be done respecting Mr. Oliver's Resignation,
as what had been done heretofore, we tho't not
Conclusive & upon some little time debating
we happrehended it would be most Satisfactory
to the Publick to send a Letter to desire him to
appear under Liberty tree at 12 oClock an
Tuesday, to make a publick Resignation under
Oath:- the Copy of wch the advertisement,
his Message, Resignation & Oath you have

The whole affair transacted by the Loyall Nine,
in writing the Letter, getting the advertisements
Printed, which were all done after 12 oClock
monday night, the advertisements Pasted up
to the amt of a hund was all done from 9 to
3. oClock. -- you also have a Copy, of wt he

said to the Publick as near as we can
Recolect: he thank't the Gent.m for the
Polite Letter & treatment he Recd a Copy of what
you have Inclos'd, was last Evg sent to
Messrs. Drapers to be put into in to days
Paper wh. Directions not to print any
of the transactions, without this they did
the whole; if [they] could not wt. propriety
as being the Government's Printers to send
it to the Patriots of Liberty Messs. Edes & Gill,
for whom we have the greatest respect.
The whole was Conducted to the General
Satisfaction of the Publick.

& upon the Occasion we that Evg. had
a very Genteel Supper provided to which
we invited your very good friends Mr. S. A.
& E & G. & three or four others & spent the
Evening in a very agreable manner Drinkg
Healths &c.

Turn ovr.

Dr. Sir,

I must desire you'd keep this a profound
Secret & not to Let any Person see these Papers,
& should be glad when you come to town
youd bring them with you, as we have no
other Copys, & choose to keep them as Archives.
We do every thing in order to keep this &
the first Affair Private: & are not a little
pleas'd to hear that McIntosh has the
Credit of the whole Affair.

We Endeavour to keep up the Spirit
which I think is as great as ever.

I give you joy in the Custom house being
Opened, & hope soon to advise you of the
Courts of justice doing the same, I am
wt. my best wishes for you
& Familys health & Happiness
Your affe. friend

[Lower right corner has been torn off the page. ]
[Henry Bass]


P. S. I have Recd. a Letter from Billey he
Begs you'd send him down his jackets &
Breeches, as he Stands in great need of 'em
I should be glad you'd write me more
Perticular what Sort of Plank you
want Faith tells me two Inch: Let
me know in your next & about the
Boards &c.