[dateline] Lebanon 25th March 1776
Two accounts of loss by hostilities committed by the Ministerial Navy, which came
to hand since my last, are enclosed.1
I do most sincerely congratulate you on General Washington's success—And on the shameful
retreat of our Enemies from Boston—Which demand our humble admiration and praise of
the supream Director of all Events, for His marvellous interposition for our help.
Tyranny and oppression have a natural tendency to move the Colonists, to a seporation
from Great Britain. Nothing else could induce them to an Event so distant from their
thoughts or designs. Burning and destroying our Towns, robbing our property, trampling
on and profaning places dedicated to divine Worship and Service, and cruel treatment
of the persons so unhappy as to fall into their hands, are injuries of the first magnitude.
The prisoners in our custody meet generous entertainment. Is it not time the law of
retalliation should take place? Every subtile art, as well as Arms are used against
us. May God prevent their Operations, and turn their counsels to foolishness—preserve
and increase the union of His American people, grant them Wisdom, and guide their
[salute] I am, with great Esteem and Regard Gentlemen Your most obedient humble Servant.
[signed] Jonth; Trumbull