OR TH-Cu4 RO L I Nsf GAZETTE.
With the latcft ADVICES, Foreign and Domestic.
SEMPER PRO LIBERTATE, ET BONO PUBLICO.
fit CONGRESS, JfrHt 2, 1-78. them, from a confidence in their own ftrengtlr. Wherefore it js
TM n con.n.iiitt 10 wit m wai leierrea me vjencrai f viocnr, irom me cnange in tneir mode of attack, that they have
letter of the 1 8th. containing a certain printed pa- ioH this cur.fid rce. And
mi fent from Philadelphia, purporting eo be the 4'hly. Because the constant language, fpoken cot only by
draught of a till for declaring the intentions of the their miniHers, but by the mcft public and authentic acts of the
parliament or Grrat-Britaio, as t. the txtrc if of r.aiio, hath been that it is incompatible with their dignity to
'.at they are picua to term ineir ror 01 im - ung iac wnnm umi wun inc Americans wnue tney nave arms in their hands.
mcfc united Hates ; and alfo the draught of a hill to enable the Nttwi;hrlanding which, an offer is now about to be made for
king of G ear B itain to appoint com mi fiioners, with powers to treaty.
rat, coifult, aod agree uocn the means of quieting certain dif- Tfcie wUkednefs and infinceritj of the enemy appear from the
orders within the Hid Hates bc -ave tooofeive, iwiowing conhueraticns.
That the faid paper being induHrimfly circuUteJ by erhilTaries Either the bills now to be pafied contain a direft or icdi-
9 the enemy, in a partial and f cret manner, the fame ouht to rect ceffijn of a part of their former claims, or they do nor. If
be forthwith print d for the public information. they do, then it is acknowledged that they have facrifued many
The committee cannot afcertain whether the contents of the brave men in an onjuft quarrel. If they do not; then they arte
(aid paper have teen framed in Philadelphia or in Great Britain, calculated to deceive America into terms, to which neither argu-
uch lf whether the .m are really and truly intended to be merit before the war, nor fotce fince, could procure her aTent.
krnuohr into the parliament f that kingdom, or whether the faid 2dly. The fir ft of thefe LilL anr.ari (rr.rn tht tirl in Ko 9
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parliament will confer therein the ufuaJ folemnities of their laws, declaration of the inteahns 01 the B irirtl parliament concerning
fiat are inclined to believe this will happen, for the following the exercife of the right of impofng taxes within thefe Hates
reafoni. Wnerefore, mould tbc fc fta'.es treat under the faid bill, they would
if). Becaufe their genel hath made divers feeble cff.rts to fet inairctiy acknowledge that righr, to obtain which atknowdge-
00 foot foine kind of treaty during the 1H winter, though, either ment the- prefent war hath been avowedly undertaken and profe-
fcom a miltaken idea of his own dignity and importance, the cuted on the part of Great-Britain. -I.
want of information, or fome other cauf., he hath net made ap- 3 3h' . Sould fuch pretended right be foaquiefced in, then, of
plication to th. fr who are ivrfted with a pro. er authority. cultquence, the fame might be exercif;d whenever the Britifla
adlv. Becaofe the) foppefe that the faiLc.. us idea of a ceffV parliament fhould find ihemfelve in a different temper and difpofi-
tsan of holt i' 1 lies will render th.fe tlates rerJfs in their prepara- " i Hoce it mull depend upon thefe, and fuch like contingen
t on? for war. hw far men will acl according to thtrir former intentions.
3dly. Beca fe btlieving the Americans wearied wi'h war, 4 hly. The Aid ft ft bill, in the body thereof, cenfaineth no
they fupp fe wc will accede t: ther term f r the fake of peace. matter, but is precifcly the fame wi:h th; m ition before men-
4thl. Beraufe the fuppofc ihat t ur nrgociati n ma) bo fub- tioi eo, and liable t; all the bbjeeltona which lay againft the faid
jedt to a like c- nuj-t influence wivh their debates. motion, excepting the following particular, viz. that by the met i-
5thly. Becaufe tnej expecl frodi this Hep the fame eff els they cn actual taxation was to be fufpended, fo long as America ihculd
tiiey did itrvt whit one of the:r roiniftcrs th uht pr.-per.to call g've as much as the faid parliament might think proper ; Where-
fcis connhatorj moticn, vit. that it will pre vent foreign ptwers by the prepojed bill, ic is to be fufpended, as long as future
ill Ul "U IU 111. it ua.f 9 , ihisi 11 vmnaf v ww u f - v. muib uiiiiu VrliU lUC pvlCIIl..
jecls to cniinue a little longer the prtft nt war ; and that it wiA 5hlv. From the Acond bi'l it appear, that the Britifii king
detach fme weak men in America frc m the caufe of freedom niiy, if he pleaies, appoint commiffioners to treat and agree witht
and rirtue. thefe, wh m they pleafe, about a variety of things therein men- -
6th y. Becaufe their king, frnrn his own (hewing, hath rea- tioned. But fuch treaties and agreements are to be of no va'idi-
f d t.. apprehend that hii flctt? a'.d armiet. inrtead of b mg em- lv without the concurrence of the faid parliament, except fo far
ployed againft the territories of thele Uatet, will be neerflary for 'bey roate to the fufpenjjon of hoftili ties, and of certain of their
the ueience of nis own aomiir n. aoj u.t gi4uiig i paraons, ana tne appointing,. 01 Lrovernora
7thly. Becatffe the impraelicabiii y of fubjugating this conn- to thefe fuvereign, free and independent Hates. Wherefore, the
try being eve y day m re and nure manifeit, it is their intereft to d parliament nave referved to themfelves, in ixpres words, the
extricate thmfclrs fr m the ar upon any terms. power ot letting afide any fuch treaty, and taking the advantage
The committee beg leave fuither to cbfl-rve, that opn a fap- circumflances which may arife to fuhjeel this continent to
pcfttk n 'he matter? contained in the laid pap r will reatly go in- their usurpations.
to the Brittfh Hau:e boA, thy ferve to Hiow, in a clear point of 6tnly. The faid bill, by holding forth a tender of pardon,
view, the weknef and wickedmfs of the enemy. Their uveai- implies a criminality in our juHifiable refiHance, and confequent-
mtft ly to feat under, it would be an implied acknowledgement that
i.1. BecaVTe they formerly decla ed, not only that rhev had a inhabitants of thefe Hates were, what Britain hath declared
right to bird, the inhabitants of ihrfe Hates in all caf. s whf:f ever, them to be, rebels.
but alio that the faid inhabitants fhould ahfoiutely and n condition- 7thly. The inhabitants of thefe Hates being claimed by them
a.'h fubmit to the exerciie of that right. And this fu;m:fli n s fubjedls, they may infer, from the nature of the negociation
they have endeavoured to ex :ct by the fword. Receding from ow pretended to be fet on foot, that the faid inhabitants would
this claim, therefore, under the prefent circomHaoces, lhews of right be aftefwards bound by fuch laws as they fhould make,
their inability to enforce it. Wherefore any agreement entered into on fuch negociation might
2dly. Becaufe, their prince hath heretfre rrjeftd the hom- at any future time be repealed. And
blcH petitions of the reprefenta:iv of America, prayirg tj be 8thly. Becaufe the faid bill purports, that the commiffioners
c.-nlid.nd as fubjofts, and protend in the enjoyment if peace, therein mentioned may treat with private individuals ; a mcafue
liberty, and fafety ; d hath waged a molt cruel war again H highly derogatory to the dignity of a national character.
them, and employed the favages c bu cber inn Kent woman ard From all which it appears evident to your committee, that the.
children. But new the fame prince pretends to treat with th-.f; faid bills are inteuded to operate upon the hopes and fears of
refufed to her prayers. and a defection from the common caufe, now by the blrlfing of
idly. Becaufe they have aniformly laboured to conquer this divine providence drawing near to a favourable iffue. yththey
continent, rriecling every idea of acjomnsodaiion propofed :o are the fequel of that mfidions plan, which, from the days of the