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Watson, Brook (1735-1807) to Joshua Mauger

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03902.017 Author/Creator: Watson, Brook (1735-1807) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 October 1774 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 23.5 x 19 cm.

Mauger has been re-elected to parliament for Poole. Watson impatiently awaits a ship from Boston but fears it will bring bad news. ". . .this Country have [sic] enacted Laws they cannot enforce and the Americans have Advanced too far to retreat. The event will prove the Colonies a much [crossed out: freeer] more Independent people than we would willingly allow them to be."

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