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THURSDAY, June 30.
BOSTON.

WHEREAS scruples have arisen in the minds of
many well disposed persons, against signing either of
the printed covenants; it is thought proper in order to re-
move said scruples to lay before the public the substance of
what passed at Braintree.

At a town-meeting at Braintree on Monday last, where
they unanimously agreed upon a covenant for non-consump-
tion, and which was reported to the town by their committee
of fifteen, chosen for that purpose, and in which, they re-
commended a fast to be on the 14th July next; and agreed
not to purchase any goods of any kind whatever, of any
pedlars or hawkers, and to put the laws in execution against
them as they might have opportunity; and at the end of
the covenant they had a clause to this purpose, saving to
themselves the right of altering the covenant in such manner
as they might think proper, after the result of the expected
congress may be made public:
In other respects it was much
like the Worcester covenant, only the non-signers were
only to be considered as practical enemies to their country:
The town directed the same committee to prepare a fair
copy, and circulate the same to be signed as soon as may
be, and which is now circulating.

However some among us may effect to censure the clergy
for noticing public matters in their prayers and preaching,
we find by the prints, that in the provinces of Virginia and
Philadelphia, some of that order, are appointed moderators
of town-meetings, and of the committee of correspondence.

Extract of a letter from Philadelphia, dated June 18.
"As to political matters a great and firm union is ri-
pening fast in this part of America. Prejudicies are overcome
and subside daily; a suspension of our trade to Great-Bri-
tain and the West-Indies will most likely be the grand
result but this is expected from the deliberation of a
congress, which we hope will meet soon thoroughly instructed
and heartily agreed in the great work of self preservation.
We feel for your sufferings, we design you a handsome cha-
ritable relief of flour for the poor. Our design when our
trade stops, is, to set agoing some great public work, as Turn-
pike roads, bridges, canals, &c. sufficient to employ some
thousands of our labouring people. Who had better be
kept busy than idle, and who must be fed whether busy or
idle." --

P.S. It is the opinion of many people here, that all the
goods we import from Great-Britain, and the West-Indies,
on an average do us more hurt than good, they occasion so
much idleness, distempers, quarrels, pride, &c. that we had
better (even after we had paid for them) sink or burn them
than use them, a few of them indeed we want, but had
better be without them, than take the vicious hurtful and
useless part with them. Therefore we judge that a sus-
pension of these importations would be very advantageous,
if we had not any necessity to adopt the measure as a means
of our deliverance from the greatest miseries conceivable. --
Dont think us too slow, it is not sudden resolutions, but the
deliberate united councils of the whole continent that can
save us."

Last Saturday arrived at Marblehead, the Schooner Dove,
Ebenezer Parker from Newfoundland, who spoke with the
ship Empress of Russia, John Crosier master, from Ire-
land, out six weeks bound to Boston with the 38th regiment
on board.

We hear from Charlton in the county of Worcester, that on
Monday, the 20th of June, 1774, most of the inhabitants
come together, and after a solemn address to Heaven under
their present alarming distresses, they generally signed a co-
venant, obliging themselves, to withdraw all commercial
intercourse with the Island of Great Britain; and not to per-
chase, or use any goods imported from thence, from and af-
ter the last of August next, or till the Port of Boston be o-
pened, and all our charter and constitutional rights are ful-
ly restored; but a few individuals refused to sign.