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TO THE
PEOPLE OF GREAT-BRITAIN,
FROM THE
DELEGATES,
Appointed by the several ENGLISH CO-
LONIES of NEW-HAMPSHIRE, MASSA-
CHUSETT'S BAY, RHODE-ISLAND and
PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS, CONNEC-
TICUT, NEW-YORK, NEW-JERSEY,
PENNSYLVANIA, THE LOWER COUN-
TIES on DELAWARE, MARYLAND,
VIRGINIA, NORTH-CAROLINA, and
SOUTH-CAROLINA, to consider of
their Grievances in GENERAL CON-
GRESS, at PHILADELPHIA, Septem-
ber 5th, 1774.

Friends, and Fellow Subjects,

WHEN a Nation, led to greatness by
the hand of Liberty, and possessed of
all the glory that heroism, munificence, and hu-
manity can bestow, descends to the ungrateful
task of forging chains for her Friends and Chil-
dren, and instead of giving support to Free-
dom, turns advocate for Slavery and Oppres-
sion, there is reason to suspect she has either
ceased to be virtuous, or been extremely negli-
gent in the appointment of her rulers.