William McCarty, comp. The American National Song Book. 1842.
The Farmers Letters
From the Pennsylvania Gazette, April 28, 1768Published by Hall & Sellers
Messrs. Hall & SellersThe Farmers Letters discover such a thorough knowledge of the British constitution, and such patriotic principles in the author, as justly entitle him to the tribute of thanks, as well as the sincere esteem of every one who loves Liberty, and abhors Oppression. These considerations have induced me to beg you will give the following lines a place in your gazette. The latter part of them is addressed to my countrymen, who are now upon the brink of ruin, but who, I hope, will yet, by a lawful exertion of their power, be able to frustrate the designs of those who are enemies to the British constitution in general, and the distressed American in particular.Your humble servant,
AN AMERICAN MARINER.
HAIL, worthy Farmer! Libertys best friend!
Sure unborn millions will thy works commend.
Thus will they say, when thou art in thy grave,
The Farmers aims were noble, loyal, brave,
Much he deserved, who strove his native land to save.1