[Document, 1775 October 03]

 

Title
[Document, 1775 October 03]
Library Location
Name
Laight, William (Author)
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Addressee)
Format
correspondence
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
Date
October 03, 1775
Language
English
Physical Description
2 pages
Subjects
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary
The merchants in England tend to feel that America has gone too far and must be brought to a sense of their duty. Even those who favor our position think we should contribute to the good of the empire. The manufacturing and landed interests support the ministry wholeheartedly. The common people know little about the struggle and care little. Crops have been good and the nonimportation act has not hurt the people. Better to accept a moderate share of civil liberties than to aim for the impossible. It is said Britain will soon make an overture which if not accepted will be followed by the sending of many troops. Britain wants only for the colonies to assume their fair share of responsibility for the expenses of the Empire.
Identifier
columbia.jay.00373