Feb 04, 2016 - Sale 2404

Sale 2404 - Lot 16

Price Realized: $ 625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--PRELUDE.) Fragmentary letter reporting on the delegates to the pending Second Continental Congress. Two manuscript pages on one sheet; worn, almost entirely backed by later paper, split down the middle with loss of a line. (MRS) Philadelphia, 4 March 1775

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Writing two months before the Second Continental Congress was to convene, with patriots in a state of nervous anticipation, an unidentified Pennsylvanian shares detailed news about the delegations from the various colonies. We have not been able to match the handwriting to any of the several Pennsylvania delegates; the recipient would have been Stephen Crane, James Kinsey, William Livingston, or Richard Smith of New Jersey, if indeed this letter was actually sent; it appears to be a partial draft. In full:
"New Hampshire have appointed their delegates & seemingly[?] New England throughout has done the same & are firm & preparing for the worst, which it is feared is not farr off, but as to this we are still in suspence, not having any late accts from England. The New York assembly are all a pack of courtiers, & have kicked the Congress out of doors as you will find by the papers, & it is said their comte. appointed to see what were the grievances of the Americans, have reported they have no grievances to complain of. The Whigs however stir themselves, keep all to the association, have [?] a Scotch ship & are about sending away the [?] from London as soon as she has a new bowsprit & they have not permitted [?] come up to the town. The City Committee have called a meeting for chusing delegates. The Jersey Assembly you'll find have behaved nobly & Mr. D[e Har]t your brother delegate was obliged to flogg one of the Tories at Amboy.
Pensilvania remains firm in general, we had lately all the counties down except Bucks (where G[allowa]y rules the roost). They all seem ready to do anything for the public cause but in that convention the matter of arming was waved, as the Quakers in this city made such a devil of a rout about their supple consciences, on wch occasion they published their testimony, wch has caused a rompus amongst them, wch makes the Old Dons haul in their horns & they now lay very quiet. Maryland & lower counties except two counties[?] are all armed & together with Virginia are not only warm but hot. Our friends Mifflin, Dickinson, Thompson &c are all well & warm in [?]."
Provenance: New England Book Auctions sale, 28 November 1996, lot 16, to the consignor.