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JOURNALS

1775

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JOURNALS OF THE

CONTINENTAL CONGRESS

1775

PHILADELPHIA, Wednesday, 10 May, 1775 A number of delegates from the Colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, agreeable to their appointment and the orders received from their respective Colonies, met at Philadelphia, viz, from

New Hampshire: Mr. John Sullivan and Mr. John Langdon.

Massachusetts: Mr. John Hancock, Mr. Thomas Cushing, Mr. Samuel Adams, Mr. John Adams and Mr. Robert Treat Paine.

Connecticut: Mr. Eliphalet Dyer, Mr. Roger Sherman and Mr. Silas Deane.

New York: Mr. Philip Livingston, Mr. James Duane, and Mr. John Alsop.

New Jersey: Mr. James Kinsey, Mr. Stephen Crane, Mr. William Livingston, Mr. John De Hart, and Mr. Richard Smith.

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Pennsylvania: Mr. Edward Biddle, Mr. John Dickinson, Mr. Thomas Mifflin, Mr. Charles Humphreys, Mr. John Morton, Mr. George Ross, Mr. Benjamin Franklin and Mr. Thomas Willing.

Delaware Counties: Mr. Cæsar Rodney, Mr. Thomas McKean and Mr. George Read.

Maryland: Mr. Matthew Tilghman, Mr. Thomas Johnson, [Junior,] Mr. William Paca, Mr. Samuel Chase, and Mr. John Hall.

Virginia: Mr. Peyton Randolph, Mr. George Washington, Mr. Richard Henry Lee, Mr. Edmund Pendleton, Mr. Benjamin Harrison, and Mr. Richard Bland.

North Carolina: Mr. William Hooper, Mr. Joseph Hewes, and Mr. Richard Caswell.

South Carolina: Mr. Henry Middleton, Mr. Thomas Lynch, Mr. Christopher Gadsden, Mr. John Rutledge and Mr. Edward Rutledge.

The Members being convened in the State House proceeded to the choice of a president, when upon Motion

The Honble Peyton Randolph was unanimously chosen president.

After the president was seated

Mr. Charles Thomson was unanimously chosen Secretary.

||Andrew McNeare was also chosen door-keeper, and William Shed, messenger.||

Ordered, That the Rev! Mr. Duché be requested to open the Congress with prayers to Morrow Morning and that Mr. [Thomas] Willing, Mr. [John] Sullivan and Mr. [Richard] Bland be a committee to wait on Mr. Duché and acquaint him with the request of the Congress.

Adjourned till to Morrow Morning 10 o Clock.

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1775

Agreeable to the order of yesterday the Congress was opened with prayers by the Rev! Mr. Duché.

After prayers the Congress according to adjournment proceeded to business.

The Delegates from the several Colonies produced their Credentials, which were read and approved, as follows: Here insert.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

PROVINCE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

At the Convention of Deputies appointed by the several Towns in the Province aforesaid, held at Exeter on the 25th day of January 1775.

Honble John Wentworth Esq* In the Chair.

Voted, That John Sullivan and John Langdon Esq" be Delegates to Represent this Province in the Continental Congress, proposed to be held at Philadelphia on the tenth day of May next, and that they and each of them in the Absence of the other, have full and Ample Power, in behalf of this Province, to consent and Agree to all Measures, which said Congress shall deem necessary to Obtain redress of American Grievances. True Copy Atts

MESHECH WEARE

Cik to the Convention

MASSACHUSETTS BAY

PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY
IN PROVINCIAL CONGRESS CAMBRIDGE

December 5th 1774 Resolved, that the proceedings of the American continental Congress held at Philadelphia, on the fifth day of September last, and Reported by the honble Delegates from this Colony, have with the deliberation due to their high importance been considered by us; and the American Bill of rights therein contained, appears to be formed with the greatest Ability and Judgment; to be founded on the immu

The original is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, New Hampshire, Credentials of Delegates.

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