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TO CONCLUDE, however strange it may appear to some, or however unwilling they
may be to think so, matters not, but many strong and striking reasons may be given, to
shew, that nothing can settle our affairs so expeditiously as an open and determined
declaration for independance. Some of which are,
FIRST. -- It is the custom of nations, when any two are at war, for some other powers,
not engaged in the quarrel, to step in as mediators, and bring about the preliminaries of a
peace: but while America calls herself the Subject of Great Britain, no power, however
well disposed she may be, can offer her mediation. Wherefore, in our present state we
may quarrel on for ever.
SECONDLY. -- It is unreasonable to suppose, that France or Spain will give us any kind
of assistance, if we mean only, to make use of that assistance for the purpose of repairing
the breach, and strengthening the connection between Britain and America; because,
those powers would be sufferers by the consequences.
THIRDLY. -- While we profess ourselves the subjects of Britain, we must, in the eye of
foreign nations, be considered as rebels. The precedent is somewhat dangerous to THEIR
PEACE, for men to be in arms under the name of subjects; we, on the spot, can solve the
paradox: but to unite resistance and subjection, requires an idea much too refined for
FOURTHLY. -- Were a manifesto to be published, and despatched to foreign courts,
setting forth the miseries we have endured, and the peaceable methods we have
ineffectually used for redress; declaring, at the same time, that not being able, any longer,
to live happily or safely under the cruel disposition of the British court, we had been
driven to the necessity of breaking off all connections with her; at the same time, assuring
all such courts of our peaceable disposition towards them, and of our desire of entering
into trade with them: Such a memorial would produce more good effects to this
Continent, than if a ship were freighted with petitions to Britain.
Under our present denomination of British subjects, we can neither be received nor heard
abroad: The custom of all courts is against us, and will be so, until, by an independance,
we take rank with other nations.
These proceedings may at first appear strange and difficult; but, like all other steps which
we have already passed over, will in a little time become familiar and agreeable; and,
until an independance is declared, the Continent will feel itself like a man who continues
putting off some unpleasant business from day to day, yet knows it must be done, hates to
set about it, wishes it over, and is continually haunted with the thoughts of its necessity.