Philadelphia, October 4.
A Letter received by the late Committee of
ladelphia, since their Resignation, from Boston.
Boston September 15, 1770.
The Merchants of this Place not having had
the pleasure of hearing from you for a con-
siderable Time, and being sensible of the Expedi-
ency of a constant Intercourse and Communication
of Sentiments between the Colonies, who have en-
tered into a common Agreement, have determined
in a Meeting held the 11th Day of September
Instant, to request your Sentiments at this critical
and alarming Juncture, when so considerable an
Event has taken Place, as the unhappy Defection
of the City of New-York, and when high-handed
Attempts have been made on our constitutional
Liberties, and still more formidable Movements
threaten our most established Rights.
We make no Doubt from your usual Firmness,
that on this important Occasion you will keep in
View, that a steady Union of the Colonies in some
common Measure is the only Means of preserving
their invaluable Rights when attacked.
We think it proper to express to you our Opi-
nion, that the arts made use of by our Enemies to
weaken out Hands, renders it of the utmost Impor-
tance, that all Methods should be taken to streng-
then the Union that now subsists in the Colonies.
We therefore propose, that there be a Meeting of
Committees of Merchants from the neighbouring
Governments, to determine upon some Plan for
Agreement shall remain in its present Force, till
some Relaxation shall be agreed upon by the Com-
mittees, and reported, if they, when assembled,
shall judge any such Relaxation necessary.
If you should join in sentiment with us, we
desire that you would appoint a time and place
for a general Meeting as soon as may be, and
that you would acquaint the colonies of the Jer-
sies, Connecticut and Rhode-Island, as well as our-
selves with your resolutions, mentioning what
number you should send, and we shall in the
mean time acquaint those governments of this
proposal. Should a consideration of the necessity
of preserving a general harmony through the co-
lonies incline you to invite the city of New-York
to accede to the proposal, it will be agreeable to
us, that they should act in concert with the Com-
mittees, provided they first give satisfaction to
them. We are, with Esteem, Gentlemen,
[Subscription (recipient's name at foot of page)] To the Commit of
chants at Philiadelphia.