Benjamin Pickman, London, to his sister, 20 July 1775. Benjamin Pickman Papers. Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum. Transcription by Abaigeal Duda.

London 20th July 1775

Dear Sister

I am obliged to you for your letter by Mr. Nichols, he delivered it to me the Day after his Arrival. -- I am 'extremely sorry that our Friends in Boston were in such Want of Provisions, but Mr. Nichols tells me the market Was growing better, and that the Country People fqund Ways of bringing fresh Meat to Town. –

The present Times afford all of us, many Opportunities of discovering Virtues which lie concealed in the Sunshine of Prosperity, I hope we shall be careful to exercise that Patience and Resignation which are expected of us -- The Forgiveness of Injuries is one of the noblest Virtues that adorns the human mind, because it is so difficult to acquire.

That all our Family have Enemies, that many hard Speeches have been made against us by Persons whom we never in the least injured, I make no Doubt, but this is no uncommon Case; All the Persons who have gone before us, have passed through this fiery Trial, we have no Right to expect an Exemption from the common Lot. –

You write me it .was the Expectation of People that the Port of Boston would be opened, you deceive yourself if you supposed that any of the late Acts will be repealed, I dont [sic] know a Man in the City who expects it, Mr. Bromfield whom I often see at the Coffee House has no Expectation of any such Thing taking Place as the Repeal of the Acts, and" he is as high for the Americans as any Person whatever.
I intend to set off this Day for Fareham to stay a Week, I hope by my Return, I shall find some Vessel going to Boston, in which I can take a Passage –

Many of the Shipwrights in the Dock Yards have quitted their Work, demanding larger Wages, it is the Opinion of People that their Wages are not sufficient, and that they ought to be raised. –

I saw the Lord Mayor and Aldermen go in their Carriages to St. James with the City Address. People tell me that they were not so well attended as in former Processions -- doubtless you have seen the Address, it is a very moderate one, and the Kings [sic] Answer very mild. -- I do not know of any Thing else to write, so must conclude with desiring you to remember me to the good Doctor, and tell him Messrs Hughes and Whitelock have been very kind to me

I am, Dear Sister, y’r lov’g Bro’th
Benja Pickman


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