Letter to Governour Trumbull


A Letter to Governour Trumbull, on the same subject, was read and approved of, and is in the words following, viz:

"Wednesday Morning, August 28, 1776.

"SIR: The Convention direct me to return your Honour their sincere thanks for the attention you have been pleased to pay to the prisoners we have been under the necessity of sending into your State. We now take the liberty of enclosing to your Honour the copy of an intercepted letter from D˙Mathews, Esq˙, to his wife, from which it appears that he deeply resents the treatment he received from the Convention. It is with the utmost regret that we feel ourselves under the necessity of requesting your Honour to secure that gentleman in such manner as to prevent his escape and all improper correspondence. The troubling you with our prisoners is a matter for which necessity alone can apologize. This State has suffered so much from disaffected persons, that a greater degree of severity towards them would be justifiable, especially as all lenity hath been by them attributed to fear. Notwithstanding such high provocation, we have in no instance invaded the rights of humanity, it might therefore be expected that we should be surprised to see such a designed misrepresentation of our conduct, but nothing of this kind is new. The crime of which Mr˙


Mathews stands charged, is no less than treason against the rights of America, and yet it seems he considers his confinement as unjust. We are confident, sir, that in committing him to prison, you will avoid every circumstance of unnecessary rigour; but the instance we enclose you of his unfriendly intentions demands that great care should be taken to prevent the character of these States from being unjustly stigmatized by such willful misrepresentations.

"I have the honour to be, sir, &c. By order.

"To Governour Trumbull," &c.