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My Dear Son
I have now before me your Letter of the 5th. July which I have perused with much concern_ I intreat you to persevere diligently in your present course of Study, & as diligently attend to the great charge committed to you, & do not even think of a new plan until you hear fully from me._
Our people here are proceeding by hasty Steps
attempts too mighty for their abilities, & every day convinces me that I was not wrong when I endeavoured to dissuade them from taking the Reins of Government into their hands_ the poor Gentleman[1
] who "could See nothing to Cry about
." in January_ now trembles & now weeps for anguish of mind, in September, indeed he has been in that State Some Months past; had he heartily joined with me in due time we might have prevented many Acts which now make him miserable_ for my part I remain tranquil, patience is my happiness, I oppose every wrong measure although it is necessary to give motion to many by my Signature
I lament the fate of a people who Seem forced & impelled to do very improper Acts in Support of a good Cause_
The King's Officers have been disarmed_ Capt Innes
] confined to his own House_ Wm.
Wragg to his Plantations near Dorchester_ Lord William is gone on board the Tamar
Man of War_ the House of Assembly dissolved_[3
] the Judges have Shut
up the Courts of Law_ the Custom House will probably Soon follow the example_ Fort Johnson is taken into the hands of the people Garrisoned by 400. of the new raised Troops commanded by Collo.
Motte_ New Batteries they Say are to be raised & Vessels equipped for defence of the Harbour_ W. H. Drayton
is at the Head of 1200 Men reasoning with Some of the disaffected in the back Country_ You think the people in England are acting[Page 397]
madly, I am Sure we may Safely compare Notes with them in this Country_ I am ready to cry out, a pox on both their Houses; we are all Mad; all wrong; but if I am to die it Shall be on the right Side, I honestly mean on this Side_ I detest & abhor
the measures of Administration, I am Sorry & grieve for every imprudent Step taken by my Country Men & I am more & more confirmed in the opinion which you have heard me often deliver in England that a conquest on the part of Great Britain will be her ruin_ but I have not time to Say a word more on these Subjects_ attend my Dear Child to the intreaty which prefaces this Letter, & obey your best freind & affectionate Father_ tell your Uncle I have not time to Say a word to him but will write by Wilson to morrow_ Salute him, Your Aunt & my Dear Boys & Girls on my behalf_ Adieu my Dear Son, I commend you to Gods protection._
10 oClock at Night not a moment to Spare
The Papers of Henry Laurens,
ed. David R. Chesnutt, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
Electronic version based on
The Papers of Henry Laurens
(Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 10, pp. 305-415. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 25 October 2017]