Addressers of Gage
The importance of the following addressers is out of all proportion to their apparent significance. They are an indispensable genesis to the history of the Loyalists. For the next seven years the Addressers were held up to their countrymen as traitors and enemies to their country. In the arraignments, which soon began, the Loyalists were convicted not out of their mouths, but out of their addresses. The ink was hardly dry upon the parchment before the persecution begain against all those who would not recant, and throughout the long year of the war, the crime of an addresser grew in its enormity, and they were exposed to the perils of tarring and feathering, the horrors of Simbury mines, a gaol or a gallows.
— James H. Stark, Boston, 1910.
Address Presented to His Excellency Governor Gage,
June 11th, 1774, on his Arrival at Salem
To his Excellency Thomas Gage, Esq., Captain-General, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, and Lieutenant-General of his Majesty's Forces.
May it please your Excellency:
We, merchants and others, inhabitants of the ancient town of Salem, beg leave to approach your Excellency with our most respectful congratulations on your arrival in this place.
We are deeply sensible of his Majesty's paternal care and affection to this province, in the appointment of a person of your Excellency's experience, wisdom and moderation, in these troublesome and difficult times.
We rejoice that this town is graciously distinguished for that spirit, loyalty, and reverence for the laws, which is equally our glory and happiness.
From that public spirit and warm zeal to promote the general happiness of men, which mark the great and good, we are led to hope under your Excellency's administration for everything that may promote the peace, prosperity, and real welfare of this province.
We beg leave to commend to your Excellency's patronage the trade and commerce of this place, which, from a full protection of the liberties, persons and properties of individuals, cannot but flourish.
And we assure your Excellency we will make it our constant endeavors by peace, good order, and a regard for the laws, as far as in us lies, to render your station and residence easy and happy.
[Signers' names sorted alphabetically, original spelling preserved.]
E. A. Holyoke
P. G. Kast
C. Gayton Pickman
The "Loyal Address from the Gentlemen and Principal Inhabitants of Boston to Governor Gage on his Departure for England, October 6, 1775," was signed as follows:
William Coffin, jr.
Benjamin Fanieul, jr.
M. B. Goldthwait
Benjamin M. Holmes
John Hunt, 3d
Thomas Hutchinson, jr.
John Jeffries, jr.
Joshua Loring, jr.
William Lee Perkins
Samuel Hirst Sparhawk
Isaac Winslow, jr.
John Winslow, jr.
The Loyal Address to Governor Gage on his Departure, October 14, 1775, of those Gentlemen who were driven from their Habitations in the Country to the Town of Boston, was signed by the following persons:
Peter Oliver, jr.
Peter Oliver, sen.
James Putnam, jr.
Seth Williams, jr.
Edward Winslow, jr.