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Massachusetts Requests Grain from New York, February 15, 1779
Letter from Massachusetts requesting assistance with grain and provisions
Council Chamber Boston February 15, 1779
We wrote to your state a few days since in forming of our application to Congress relative to the embargo, the scarcity of provisions with us more especially of grain together with the causes thereof earnestly requesting that friendly aid and assistance herein which we trust the Sister States will be ever ready to grant to the mutual comfort and advantage of each other. We have since directed the Board of War of this state to import grain or flour from your state provided we may be permitted so to do; which favor, if we may be so happy as to obtain, we shall feel peculiar obligation at this time, and be ready on our part, at all times, to reciprocal acts of friendship and benevolence and we flatter ourselves that the late conduct of this state in similar case, will be a sufficient apology for our present appreciation.
In the name and behalf of the general court
With great esteem,
His Excellency Sir,
George Clinton Esq. Your most obedient and able servant
Governor of Jer. Powell President
Divide the class into cooperative groups based on one of differing perspectives. Have each present to a committee of national representatives and have that group vote on which group provided the most persuasive argument and why.