Jonathan Trumbull to Wythe and John Adams, 25 March 1776

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Governor of Connecticut Jonathan Trumbull sends John Adams and George Wythe two more accounts of hostilities since his last letter to them on March 9 and sends congratulations on George Washington's success in making the British troops retreat at the Siege of Boston. Trumbull talks about how the tyranny and oppression of the British on the colonists is what has truly driven the colonists to want to separate from Great Britain.

Letter text

Lebanon 25th March 1776


Two accounts of loss by hostilities committed by the Ministerial Navy, which came to hand since my last, are enclosed.

I do most sincerely congratulate you on General Washington’s success—And on the shameful retreat of our Enemies from Boston—Which demand our humble admiration and praise of the supream Director of all Events, for His marvellous interposition for our help.

Tyranny and oppression have a natural tendency to move the Colonists, to a seporation from Great Britain. Nothing else could induce them to an Event so distant from their thoughts or designs. Burning and destroying our Towns, robbing our property, trampling on and profaning places dedicated to divine Worship and Service, and cruel treatment of the persons so unhappy as to fall into their hands, are injuries of the first magnitude. The prisoners in our custody meet generous entertainment. Is it not time the law of retalliation should take place? Every subtile art, as well as Arms are used against us. May God prevent their Operations, and turn their counsels to foolishness—preserve and increase the union of His American people, grant them Wisdom, and guide their public Councils.

I am, with great Esteem and Regard Gentlemen Your most obedient humble Servant.
Jonth; Trumbull

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