Preamble to the Boston Loyalist Association's Statement of Principles, 1774, drafted in part by Jonathan Sewall:
We the Subscribers, being fully sensible of the blessings of good Government, on the one hand, & convic'd on the other Hand, of the Evils & Calamities attending on Tyranny, in all Shapes, whether exercised by One, or by many; & having of late seen, with great Grief & Concern, the distressing Effects of a Dissolution of all Government; whereby our Lives, Liberties & Properties are rendered precarious, & no longer under the protection of the Law; & apprehending it to be our indispensable Duty to use all lawful Means of our power, for the Defence [sic] of our persons & property against all rioutous [sic] & lawless Violence, & to recover & secure the Advantages which we are entitled to form the good & wholesome Laws of Government, do hereby associate and mutually covenant & engage to & with each other. . . .
Quoted in Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist, by Carol Berkin (Columbia University Press, 1974).