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50                                   TO OUR LADIES.
These do without fear, and to all you'll appear,
Fair, charming, true, lovely and clever; Though the times remain darkish, young men may be sparkish,
And love you much stronger than ever.
Then make yourselves easy, for no one will teaze ye.
Nor tax you, if chancing to sneer At the sense-ridden tools, who think us all fools;
But they'll find the reverse far and near.
1 To show clothes of your own make and spinning. About this time a party of young ladies, calling themselves " Daughters of Liberty," met at the house of " a distinguished minister, in Boston, where they amused themselves with spinning two hundred and thirty-two skeins of yarn, some very fine, which were given to the worthy pastor, several of the party being members of his congregation. The party was concluded with many agreeable tunes, anthems and liberty songs, with great judgment; fine voices performing, which w ,re animated, in all their several parts, by a number of the Sons of Liberty." The following quotation, from Murray's United States, shows the effect such resolutions and actions had upon the trade of England with the Colonies. The exports from England, which, "in 1768 amounted to §11,800,000, declined, in 1769, to $8,170,000."

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