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Philadelphia, 20 July, 1776.

I CANNOT omit the opportunity of writing you a line by this post This letter, will, I suppose, find you, in some degree or other, under the influence of the small pox. I The air is of very great importance. I don t know your physician, but I hope he wotf t deprive you of air, more than is necessary.

We had yesterday an express from General Lee in Charleston, South Carolina, with an account of a brilliant little action between the armament under Clinton and Cornwallis, and a battery on Sullivan's Island, which terminated very fortunately for America. I will endeavour to enclose with this, a printed account of it It has given us good spirits here, and will have a happy effect upon our armies at New York and Ticonderoga. Surely our northern soldiers will not suffer themselves to be outdone by their brethren so nearly under the sun. I don l yet hear of any Massachusetts men at New York. Our people must not flinch, at this critical moment, when their country is in more danger than it ever will be again, perhaps. What will they say, if the Howes should prevail against our forces, at so important a post as New York, for want of a few thousand men from the Massachusetts ? I will likewise send you by this post, Lord Howe's letter and proclamation, which has let the cat out of the bag. These tricks deceive no longer. Gentlemen here, who either were or pretended to be deceived heretoforeVriow see or pretend to see through such artifices. I apprehend hi? Lordship is afraid of being attacked upon Staten Island, and is throwing out his barrels to amuse Leviathan, until his reinforcements shall arrive,

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