Smithsonian

John Andrews letter

John Andrews, a Boston merchant, writes to his brother-in-law in Philadelphia, May 1774.

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).