Bofton [...] Sep 22 1774
I have juft returnd from a visit to my Brother, with my Father who carried me there the day before yesterday -- and called here in my return to see this much injured Town. I view it with much the same senfations that I should the body of a departed friend -- only [put]of its prefent glory -- for to [irk] finally to a more happy state. I will not despair, but will believe that our caufe being good we shall finally prevail. The [mascine] in time of peace prepair for war -- (if this may be called a time of peace) refounds throughout the Country, [...] [...] they are [warned] at Braintree all above 14 and under 60 to attend with their arms and to train once a fortnight from that time is a Scheme which lays much at heart with many.
Scot has arrived, and brings news that he expected to find all peace and quietnefs here as he left them at home -- you will have more particulars than I am able to send you from much better hands. There has been in Town confpiracy of the Negroes -- at prefent it is kept pretty private and was difcovered by one who endeavourd to difuaid them from it -- he being threatened with his life applied to juftice Quincy for protection -- they conducted in this ways -- got an [...] man to draw up a petition to the Govener telling him they would fight for him provided he would arm them and engage to liberate them if he conquerd -- and it is said that he attended so much to it as to [confuet] [...] upon it -- and one [...] has been very bufy and active -- there is but little said, and what steps they will take in confequence of it I know not -- I wifh moft fincerely there was not a flave in the province -- it allways appeard a moft iniquitous fcheme to me. fight ourfelfs for what we are daily [ebbing] and plundering from thofe who have as good a right freedom as we have -- you know my mind upon this fubject. I left all our little ones well, and fhall return to them to night. I hope to hear from you by the return of the heaven of this and by [Revere] -- I long for the Day of your return, yet look upon you much fafer where you are, but know it will not do for you -- not one action has been brought to this court, no briefings of any fort in your way -- all law [...]. and the [...] will soon follow -- for they are supporters of each other -- adieu my father hurries me Yours moft fincerely
Courtesy Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston