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Advice to the Ministry

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

January 9. –A writer in England gives the following advice to administration with respect to America: “Let authority give way to prudence; dignity is supported best by justice; the bread of at least one hundred thousand manufacturers is of more importance than a shadowy authority; the lives of our fellow-subjects, descended from ourselves, and though born in a distant climate, are dear to us. One passionate resolve may sacrifice a million of British subjects, and subject this nation and its dependencies to ruin, and those who framed it to everlasting infamy. More is at stake than many comprehend; those who say otherwise are ignorant, or foes in disguise.” 1


1 Supplement to Holt’s New York Journal, Jan. 9.