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Or, Thomas s Bolton Journal A Weekly, Political, and Commercial Paper :—Open to all Parties, but Influenced by None. J *_J I_l_ ! • - '■ ! • • ’ • : i-_ • •• • A» •• . . . . , . . • *DO thou Great LIBERTY inspire oar Souls, —And make our Lives in thy Pofleflion happy, Or,car Deaths glorious in thy just Defence. _ . — - . . - . _ t • -r» « j _ _ ' _ .• V . . • J Vol. 111. l Ml For the Massachusetts SPY. Mr. Thomas, You are defiled to insert the following. A Dialogue between the B R I I ONS and AMERICANS. Britons. O U have within a few giQb years denied the authority rrvp °f P ar^amrnt over Co BTj Monies, and called in ques tion a power which we have exercised over, since Ameuca has been inhabited by Engliflimen. Americans. It is true, we have denied that you have any just authority to make laws for us ; for it is an indisputable truth, «< Any people among whom one law is made or repealed, without their consent, is in a state of and we absolutely de ny your having any right to enslave us. Britons. We do not want to enslave you nor hurt your interest, but it is ncceffary for the good of the whole that there (bould be a supreme power some where, and cer tainly the parent state has the best claim to this supreme power. Americans. Such a supreme authority as you contend for, destroys all liberty in e very other part of the empire, and betide, it is not ncccdary for the good of the whole that there should be any such power, provided it was confident with liberty, for the common interest will forever preserve union and vi gour in the nation, If the prime niters ad with any degree of wisdom. Britons. Such a state of independence and equality as you talk of, would divide and rath the nation, for where all the most important national movements depend upon the will of different Assemblies or Houses of Commons, things move flow, and innumera bie difficulties-arife. * Americans. Some difficulties will at tend all governments, the best have their ♦mperfedions, but the reason of mankind and the experience of all ages, assure us that do society defer ves the name of government which has nor liberty for its grand objeX ; and when any form of government is proposed, which will not preserve this, it ought to be reeded with disdain by a free people. Britons. We are not disposed to de flroy your liberties, but would be rhe guardi ans of them ; we defne no more authority over you, than is neceflary for a due subor dination and the preservation of government, but your jeaioufy is alarmed, and you uhrea fonxbly suppose that we (ball turn tyrants, when our power is once established. AmSEICanS. Our own realon, as well as fad .experience, teaches us, that, under Providence,we are the natural and best guar dians of our own liberties ; and that none but fool* and madmen will trust the keeping of these preciom jewels to others. We have already fdfered the toss of bleed as well a* trenfure y by your attempting to take what reason and Heaven has forbid us to part with, our rights, the matter is (o plain the most simple must undetftand it, for there is but one step from liberty to slavery ; the for mer is to be at our own disposal, the latter to be at the disposal of another ; this is yOur system, that is ours. ’ Britons You talk of the experience cf age», (hew us an example of any ffate’s flourifhing with different independent aflem b.ies or Houses of Commons fun it ar to what you propose. Americans. We have a striking one at hand to our purpufe, the Dutch L/nited Provinces ; the meft flourifhing ami prosper ous peop'e, in the wot Id, who revolted from th •tr tyrannical neighbours,fcrmedaComrr.cß wealth <>f their own,andhave long been one of the most wealthy and potent states in Europe. • D fior Church’s Oration, 1773. THURSDAY, September 30, 1773. Britons. At another time We will hear all that you have to fay, and as reason ought to determine all disputes, if it preponderates in your favour we will submit to its dilates. । —■* *1 ■ From the New-YoRK GAZETTEER. To the ? R I N T E R. S I R, AS the public are interested, so they must be anxious to know the refuit of a special court of Oyer aud Terminer, held here lately for the difeovery and trial of the persons concerned in the counterfeit ing the paper currency of the province of New-York,Pennfylvania, and New-Jersey. I shall give you a brief narrative of the tranfadioos of the court, and the fads that appeared, that you may communicate them if you think proper, through your paper. This account you would have had (ooner, but it was thought (for certain reasons) prudent not to publish it until this time. Ycu have already mentioned in your pa per that Samuel Ford and John King had elcaped from goal. Their efeape made it extremely difficult to difeover their accom plices —— Ihe court opened on I'uefday the tith, and it was the Friday following before the least intimation could be got of any persons concerned, when one of them who lay under the censure of three conviX ions, (he one for aiding Ford and King, in their efeape, aud the others for high mis demeanors, or being hard pushed, and in order to mitigate his pu lifhment for thcfk crimes, began to make a confcffion, this soon alarmed another of the accomplices, who made an ample aid full conftffiun. By which confeffions, and those of the persons afterwards apprehended, these fads appeared—That Ford has been in the busi ness of money making many years, that in the year 1767, or 8, he followed it in New- York; but was apprehended on suspicion of making money, and admitted to bail, and even then set about preparing materi als to renew the business, that he soon re moved back ihto this country, where be a gain entered into it, and made a connexi on in Philadelphia, with a certain Capt. J ofc ph Ricbardfon, from whom he got a fuppiy of types, he then attempted the Nrw-Yo k emission of Three Pound Wills, and made a corfioerabie sum, but complain• ed of the thinness of the paper, and the bad credit of the currency; at least in this and the neighbouring provinces, and gave a preference to the Jersey currency ; but it is thought did little at it till th* Pennsylvania emission of 1769 came out, when he and Captain Richardson went to Ireland, and from thence to London and the manufac turing towns, and Ford applied h miclf to learn the business of an engraver and type maker, and from hi* knowledge before in the art of carving, and an uncommon na tural genius, he in the course of three months became so perfe&ly a matter of the business, that (on his return to America) he made all the types for his press, and in so msfterly a manner, that the imitation of the Jersey and Pennsylvania Bills, which were struck by them, of Three Pounds and Thirty Shillings, is so exaX that the differ ence cannot be difeovered without the most ftrid examination ofa person well acquaint ed with the true bills. From the time of his return, till be was apprehended, he went on with uninterrup ted fucceti, and emitted large sums of the Jersey andPennfyivania currency: but prin cipally of the latter, for thcle two years past, and was the less apprebentive o( be ing deteded for the following reafoos! 1 ft. His bills had stood th* test of the several treasurers examidation, and had their fandior, which be ever made an in variable rule to fecur* before he paflzd any of his newemiffion*. Idly. His press and ail his implements were in an almost impenetrable swamp, at a mile distance from bis house, and in which the water most part of the year, was halt leg deep, so that no person could track him. and he must trawl on his belly some rods before he could reach it. Jdly. As no person, except King and Richaidfon,knew where he did work,or had ever seen the place, and these and all others concerned were (worn to fecrccy.—Hs used to go to his work at day light, in the morn ing, with his so that no person could ufped him.—-Ford was called the treasurer for the three Provinces —He signed his own bills. By direction ot the court a number of persons went into the swamp, in search of his types, tic. but found only his press, and a leather that covered the bills when they were struck, on which was the impreb fionof a Pennsylvania bill of three pounds, oftheemiffion of 1769. Upon these faXs, the following persons, (who were only concerned as paftsrs of the money, except Reynolds, who procured some types lor Ford) to wit, Benjamin Cooper, Esq; DoXor Burn Budd, Samuel Haynes, and David Reynolds, were indid ed,and plead guilty to their several indiX mencs, and on the ninteenth they received , <cntcnce of death, to be Executed the seven teentb day of September next. Few feene* were ever more tru y affecting than the one in ths Court-Houle, at the time of fentrnee passing — I'hefe four pets >ns are remarka bly hand fume fine looking men, three of them about thirty, and the other forty, they are all manicd and have children. All are defendants from the fit ft families in the province, and all have parents living and numerous reLtious, the attendance of their relations and friends added much to the so lemnity of it, so much that it 1* better con ceived than dcfci ibed—among a thousand people there was scarce a dry eye. The Ipedators were more sensibly afteXed for those unhappy pdrfons, as it appeared they had been drawn into it by the art, cunmng and perluafiun of that villain Ford. These were all the persons apprehended for capital crimes, except Justice Ayres, whose crime was committed in Suflex county, it appeared he had not been in the praXsce for some time past, and if any judg ment can be formed ot his repentance, by his conduX and carriage, it was sincere be fore he was futpeded, as his life had lately been so exemplary, that the congregation to which bo belonged had promoted him to tne rank of deacon, and the parson was so fully convinced of his innocence, that on the Sunday after his commitment be prayed for his protedton from falfe accusers, and on the Sunday following a report prevailed that he was released, when the parson re turned thanks for it; but alas! Before the next Sunday certain accounts were received that he had confcfted his crimu. During these enquiries, fufficient evi dence appeared to convince every ooe pre sent, that Ford was one ot the persons that robbed tM treasury of thia province, some years ago, both from his own confeffisa to one of the convids, who declared it on oath, as also from many other circum stances. From this account of Ford, the public must view him in the light of the most ac comphfhed villain, that this country ever produced, and it is hoped it will ftrmulate every well-wisher to the comm unity throughout the continent to be watchful for, and adive in apprehending him, espe cially when they have the promilc of 5001 from the Governor of Pennsylvania, for conviding the person who counterfeited the currency of that province,and of his be ing tbe man agamft whom there is the lul left proof.—it is (uppofed he is gone to the Ohio, and intends going down the mouth ’Numb. 139. of the MifliGppi. Richaidfon has also mad.* his efeape. The Grand Jury, in a polite addreti. thanked ch* court and Attorney for the great pains they had taken in aidin. them in their difeovener; and in a very par ticular manner their thanks, and those of the county to lome persons whose »Xi vity had laid a f >unda«ion for deteXiq;* and breaking do this heft df public rob bcis. . You fhou’d have had this at large wit t the answer to it, but top mu. h of your pa per would be taken up thcitbyifor one lub • jad to engross. . FRIDAY September 24. boston. Captain Miller, who is arrived at Phi ladelphia from London, on the a6th ©f July, in lat. 41. long. 38. spoke with the (hip Eleanor, Capt. Bruce, from Antigua foi London, oyt five weeks, and all well. MARRIED ] Mr. John Inman, Mer chant, to Mils Sally Haskins, cldeft daugh ter of Capt. John Haskins, of this town. D>ED ) Captain Traill, a noted sea commander —Mrs. Kelly, wife of Mr. Kelly, lighterman —Mrs. Berry —Mrs. Rebecca Littlefield, wife of Capt. Junto Litttlefieid —At Cambridge, Mds Sally Inman,youngeft daughter of Ra ph Inman Eiq;—At Newport, Rhode-HLnd, Mr. Edward Wanton, merchant, youngest son of th* Hon. Gideon Wanton, Esq; late Governor of that Colony.—At Newbury- Port, Capt. William Davenport.—At Pro vidence, Nahum Wilder, merchant; Charlestown [S.CarArna] 24. Last week arrived here from Newry in the North of Ireland, ihe brig Elliott, John Waring Master, with two hundred paflen gers, who intend to fettle in this province. 3 1 ’ Friday the ship Wal worth Capt. McCaufland, arrived her* from Londonderry, with Mar three hundred pas sengers. SATURDAY September 25. .BOSTON. Five hundred people arrived at North- Carolina from Ireland, the last of August, with an intention of fettling in that pro vince. We have accounts from different part of the country, the drought is so great, that most of the wells are entirely dry, and the inhabitants in many places are obliged to fetch their water three or four miles. New-York, September 10. We hear from New Jersey, that the following me lancholy accident happened about three weeks ago, at the new Moravian Settlement, in Suflex county, in that colony ; a remark* «bte fine child, aboht test months old, son of Mr. Leinbeck, store keeper there, was drop ped by a boy into a bucket of fealding wa ter, which was, at the fame time; oterfet by the boy, which threw the water all over and under the child, and scalded the (kin in the parts most exposed, in a terrible . inner, so that i? came off m undressing. The distress ed patents committed it to the care of *a woman ia the house, who pretended to un derstand the cure of scalds: She immediately applied fait to the scalded parts,which threw the child into convu tions, and in less than an hour put ah end to its life and miferv. Last week a country nan having tece vsd a sum of money on Long bland, in dollars, . was teturninj home, cither to Orange it Ulster county, but in ci offing the ferry at Hadtinfeck, about the middle us tbe river hishorfe took flight, jumped out of thefcow aud carried tbe (addle bags with him, which not being fattened to tbe fiddle were loft with a.i in* dollars.