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Loyalist or Patriot January 19 1776 Dear Journal Life in Hackensack New Jersey is really getting crazy The British have occupied New York and my family and I are very nervous to have the enemy controlling an area so close to where we live Mostly all of our neighbors are Loyalists so the few of us families that are not are stuck in a terrible position We cannot rebel and we cannot share our feelings without being persecuted arrested or even killed We just have to go with the flow and keep our mouths shut even though we know its wrong I really cannot deal with the way we are all being treated by the British Im not the richest man in the world and I am not able to buy what I need to support my family at these ridiculously high prices It is very true that only heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods Paine 1 and that we are really slaves to the English The taxes are getting out of hand and if we do not gain our independence soon I will not be able to provide for my baby daughter Neighbors of mine have come up with a number of ideas about how we can secretly battle the Loyalists Since I am a ferry operator and many of my friends help out with my business we have some control of what goes on in the rivers Everything the British need is sent to New York by ship I will probably join a group of private boat owners who intervene To capture these merchants ships privateers go out usually in small ships mostly sloops to take them and their cargoes for resale Privateers are privately owned ships that act like official navy vessels Valis 1 I can use my boats go capture the goods the British are shipping to New York Then I will keep
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