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To John Adams from Edward Dilly, 3 May 1775

From Edward Dilly

London May 3d 1775

Dear Sir

I have only One Moments opportunity of acknowledging your favor of the 30th of Decr1 and of informing you that the Packet inclosed was sent agreeable to direction. Every friend of Liberty and the English Constitution rejoice to hear of the Firmness and unanimity of our Brethren in America. By your own Virtue, Valor and Perseverance you are to expect a deliverance from the Yoke. Every attempt from the City of London has proved ineffectual.2 I have sent you an Answer to Dr. Johnson’s Pamphlet Taxation no Tyranny with the News Paper of this Day.3 Wishing you all success. I am most cordially Yours &c.

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To Mr John Adams Boston”; docketed by Dilly(?): “London May 5th 1775.”

1Not found.

2Londoners submitted two petitions to Parliament stressing the paramount nature of commercial relations with the American colonies, the second objecting to referral of their first petition to an inappropriate committee (Parliamentary Hist. description begins The Parliamentary History of England, from the Earliest Period to the Year 1803, London: Hansard, 1806–1820; 36 vols. description ends , 18:168–171, 184–185).

3Lawrence H. Gipson lists seven answers in 1775 to Samuel Johnson’s Taxation No Tyranny: An Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress, London, 1775 (Empire before the Revolution description begins Lawrence Henry Gipson, The British Empire before the American Revolution, Caldwell, Idaho and New York, 1936–1970; 15 vols. description ends , 14:79–80). We have no way of knowing which of the answers Dilly sent to JA.

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