John Andrews letter
John Andrews, a Boston merchant, writes to his brother-in-law in Philadelphia,
Yes, Bill, nothing will save us but an entire stopping of trade, to
both England and the West Indies, throughout the continent, and that must be
determined both speedily and absolutely. The least hesitation by you to the
south and all is over. . . . I sincerely believe they [the British Parliament]
intend to carry out their threats, which are to make the town a desolate
wilderness and the grass to grow in our streets.
Source: Charles Sellers, et al., A Synopsis of American History: Through
Reconstruction (Chicago: Ivan R Dee, 1992).