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I do not feel easy more than two days together without writing to you. If you abound you must lay some of the fault upon yourself, who have made such sad complaints for Letters, but I really believe I have wrote more than all my Sister Delegates. Their is nothing new transpired since I wrote you last, but the sailing of some transports, and 5 deserters having come into our camp. One of them is gone I hear to Phyladelphia. I think I should be cautious of him -- no one can tell the secret designs of such fellows whom no oath binds -- he may be sent with assassinating designs. I can credit any viliny that a Ceasar Borgea would have been guilty of -- or Satan himself would rejoice in. Those who do not scruple to bring poverty, Misiry, Slavery and Death upon thousands will not hesitate at the most diabolical crimes -- and this is Brittain. Blush o! Americans that ever tho thou derivest thy origin from such a race.
We learn that from one of these Deserters that our ever valued Friend Warren, dear to us even in Death; was [not] treated with any more respect than a common soldier, but the [savage] wretches call'd officers consulted together and agreed to sever his Head from his body, and carry it in triumph to Gage, who no doubt would have " grin'd horrible a gastly smile," instead of imitating Ceasar who far from being gratified with so horrid a Spectacle, as the Head even of his Enimy, turned away from Pompeys with disgust and gave vent to his pitty in a flood of tears.
"How much does pagan tenderness put christian Benevolence to shame." What Humanity could not obtain, the rights and ceremonies of a Mason demanded. An officer who it seems was one of the Brotherwhood requested that as a Mason he might have the body unmangled, and find a decent interment for it. He obtaind his request, but upon returning to secure it, he found it already thrown into the Earth, only with the ceremony of being first placed there, with many bodies over him
Thus far I wrote and broke [off].
I had a design to have wrote you something about a talk'd of appointment of a Friend of Mine to a judicial [illegible] Department, but hope soon to see that Friend, before his acceptance may be necessary. I enclose a complement coppied by a Gentleman from a peice in the Worcester paper signed Lycurgus.
I can add no more as the good Col. Palmer Waits only my compliments to Mrs. Miflin, and tell her I do not know whether her Husband is safe here. Belona and Cupid have a contest about [him.] You hear nothing from the Ladies, but about Major [Miflins] easy address, politeness, complasance &c. &c. Tis till well he has so agreable a Lady at Phyladelphia. They know nothing about forts, intrenchments &c. when they return 5 or if they do they are all forgot and swallowed up in his accomplishments.
Adieu my Dearest Friend and allways believe me unalterably yours,
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