The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: March 2

BOSTON, March 2, 1775.
Copy of a letter from Boston, dated March 2d, to a Gentleman in Virginia. SIR, Your letter of the 24th of December last, to Mr. Cushing and others, by Capt. Tomkins of the schooner Dunmore, in which were brought several valuable donations from our Friends in Virginia to the sufferers in this town by the port bill, l was communicated to the committee appointed to receive such donations; and, by their directions, I am to acquaint you that they cheerfully consented, at your request, that the schooner should be discharged at Salem, thinking themselves under obligation to promote her despatch, more especially as there was unexpected delay in her loading, and you have very generously declined receiving demurrage. We have repeatedly had abundant evidence of the firmness of our brethren of Virginia in the AMERICAN CAUSE, have reason to confide in them that they will struggle hard for the prize now contending for…. I am, in the name of the committee, Sir, your obliged friend, And humble servant, SAMUEL ADAMS.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) April 22, 1775
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The Dunmore sailed from the James River on December 21, 1774 with 2681 bushels of wheat and 521 bushels of corn for the relief of the suffering Bostonians. The letter printed in the Gazette contains thanks from Samuel Adams, Boston patriot leader, for the donations sent.

Language notes:

Demurrage is a penalty for delay in loading or unloading a vessel. To traduce is to slander or defame.

Sources: VA GAZ Dec. 22, 1774, page 2, col 3. OED

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