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table Laws of Nature and reason, the principles of the English constitution, and respective Charters and constitutions of the Colonies, and to be worthy of their most vigorous support, as essentially necessary to liberty. Likewise the ruinous and eniquitous measures, which, in violation of these Rights, at present convulse and threaten destruction to America, appear to be clearly pointed out, and judicious plans adopted for defeating them.
Resolved, That the most grateful acknowledgments are due to the truly honorable and patriotic Members of the Continental Congress, for their wise and able exertions in the cause of American Liberty; and this Congress, in their own Names, and in behalf of this Colony, do hereby, with the utmost Sincerity, express the same.
Resolved, That the Hon. John Hancock, Hon. Thomas Cushing, Esquires, Mr. Samuel Adams, John Adams, and Robert Treat Paine, Esquires, or any three of them, be, and they hereby are appointed and authorized to represent this Colony, on the tenth of May next, or sooner if necessary, at the American Congress, to be held at Philadelphia, with full power, with the Delegates from the Other American Colonies, to concert, agree upon, direct and order such farther measures, as shall to them appear to be best calculated for the recovery and establishment of American rights and Liberties, and for restoring harmony between Great-Britain and the Colonies. A true copy of record,
BENJAMIN LINCOLN, Secretary.' PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN PROVINCIAL CONGRESS, CAMBRIDGE
February 6, 1775. Resolved, That the Hon. John Hancock, Hon. Thomas Cushing, Esquires, Mr. Samuel Adams, John Adams, and Robert Treat Paine, Esquires, appointed by the last provincial Congress to represent this Colony, on the 10th of May next, or sooner if necessary, at the American Congress, to be held at Philadelphia, be, and they hereby are authorized and impowered, with the Delegates from the other American Colonies, to adjourn from time to time, and place to place, as shall be judged necessary, and to continue in being, as Delegates for this Colony, until the Thirty-first day of December next ensuing, and no longer.
A true copy of Record, BENJAMIN LINCOLN, Secretary.' The original is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, Massachusetts, Credentials of Delegates.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 3, A. Dom. 1774. This House proceeded to nominate, choose, and appoint Delegates, to attend the General Congress, to be holden at Philadelphia, on the 10th day of May next; and made Choice of the Hon[ora]ble Eliphalet Dyer, and Roger Sherman, Esquires, Silas Deane, Titus Hosmer, and Jonathan Sturgess, Esqrs. to be their Delegates, any Three of whom are authorized and empowered to attend said Congress, in behalf of this Colony, to join, consult and advise with the Delegates of the other Colonies in British America, on proper Measures for advancing the best Good of the Colonies.
WILLIAM WILLIAMS, Speaker. A true Copy, extracted from the Journals of the House. Attested,
RICHARD Law, Clerk.'
At a Provincial Convention formed of Deputies from the City and County of New York, the City and County of Albany, and the Counties of Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, West-Chester, King's, and Suffolk, held at the City of New York, the twenty second day of April, one thousand seven hundred and seventy five, for the purpose of appointing Delegates to represent the Colony of New York, in the next Continental Congress, to be held at Philadelphia, on the tenth Day of May next, Philip Livingston, Esq?, James Duane, John Alsop, John Jay, Simon Boerum, William Floyd, Henry Wisner, Philip Schuyler, George Clinton, Lewis Morris, Francis Lewis, and Robert R. Livingston, junior, Esquires, were unanimously elected Delegates, to represent this Colony at such Congress, with full power to them, or any five of them, to meet the Delegates from the other colonies, and to concert and determine upon such measures, as shall be judged most effectual for the preservation and re-establishment of American rights
The original is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, Connecticut, Credentials of Delegates.
and priviledges, and for the restoration of harmony between Great Britain and the Colonies. Leonard Lispenard Levi Pawling
John Van Derbilt
Jn. Sloss Hobart
We, the subscribers, do, in behalf of ourselves, and those Freeholders of Queen’s-County, at whose request we attended the Convention, signify our assent to, and approbation of, the above Delegation.
ohn Talman, Jacob Blackwell,
Zebo Williams, Joseph Robinson." The Assembly of New York had, in February, discountenanced the measures of the first Continental Congress, and refused to send delegates to the second Congress. It prepared a Petition to the King, a Memorial to the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and a Representation and Remonstrance to the Commons of Great-Britain in Parliament assembled. The three papers were dated March 25, 1775, and were signed by John Cruger, Speaker. Copies are in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 75, folios 121-152. The paper on which they are written has the water-mark of J. Whatman & Co., save the outside sheet which has a water-mark “Liberty and Prudence." The “Town and Country Magazine” for 1775 has the following:
“May 15th, 1775. M' [Edmund] Burke produced and read in his place a Remonstrance to the Parliament of Great Britain from the General Assembly of New York; he then moved for Leave to bring it up to the Table, and the Question being put by the Speaker, that this Remonstrance be now brought up, Lord North paved the way for getting rid of the main Question by moving an amendment; that the Words 'which is derogatory to the Supreme Authority of the British Parliament' be added,
"Upon which a short Debate ensued, the House divided, for the Amendment 186, against it 67. Of course the main Question was lost.”
The Duke of Manchester presented the Memorial in the House of Lords, where after a long debate, it was rejected. No answer to the Petition was given by the King.
Henry Cruger, writing to his son, Henry Cruger jr. on April 4, said: “The Assembly is adjourned for a month to prevent the troublesome party from endeavouring to consider the proceedings of the Continental Congress.”
The original is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, New York, Credentials of Delegates.
PERTH-AMBOY, Tuesday, January 24, 1775. Resolved unanimously, That James Kinsey, Stephen Crane, William Livingston, John D’Hart, and Richard Smith, Esquires, or any Three of them, be, and they are hereby appointed to attend the Continental Congress of the Colonies, intended to be held at the City of Philadelphia, in May next, or at any other Time and Place; And that they report their Proceedings to the next Session of General Assembly. A true Copy from the Journals,
Clerk of Assembly.'
December 15th, 1774, A. M. Upon Motion,
Resolved, N. C. D. That the Hon[ora]ble Edward Biddle, Speaker, John Dickinson, Thomas Mifflin, Joseph Galloway, Charles Humphreys, John Morton, and George Ross, Esquires, be, and they are hereby appointed Deputies on the Part of this Province, to attend the General Congress, proposed to be held at the City of Philadelphia, on the 10 Day of May next; and that they, or any four of them, do meet the said Congress accordingly, unless the present Grievances of the American Colonies shall before that Time be redressed. Extract from the Journals,
Clerk of Assembly. The original is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, New Jersey, Credentials of Delegates.
* The original is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, Pennsylvania, Credentials of Delegates. The following paper was not entered in the Journals:
May 12th, 1775, A. M. Joseph Galloway Esq? having repeatedly moved to be excused from serving as a Deputy for this Province at the Continental Congress, the House this Day took his Motion into consideration, and do agree to excuse him from that service. Extract from the Journals,
Clk of Assembly. 6521-VOL 2-05-2
May 6, 1775, A. M. Resolved, N. C. D. That Benjamin Franklin, Esq', be, and he is hereby added to the Deputies appointed by this House, to attend the Continental Congress, expected to meet the 10th instant, in this City.
Resolved, N. C. D. That the Honble Thomas Willing of Philadelphia, and James Wilson Esq? of Carlisle be also added to the said Deputies for this Province. Extract from the Journals,
Clerk of Assembly.
LOWER COUNTIES ON DELAWARE
Thursday, March 16, 1775, A. M. On Motion,
Resolved, nemine contradicente, That the Honorable Cæsar Rodney, Speaker, Thomas M'Kean, and George Read, Esquires, be, and they are hereby appointed and authorized to represent this Government at the American Congress, proposed to be held at the City of Philadelphia, on the tenth day of May next, or at any other time or place, with full power to them, or any two of them, together with the Delegates from the other American Colonies, to concert and agree upon such further measures, as shall appear to them best calculated for the accommodation of the unhappy differences between Great Britain and the Colonies, on a constitutional foundation, which the House most ardently wish for, and that they report their proceedings to the next Sessions of General Assembly. I do certify the above to be a true copy of the Minutes of Assembly,
David THOMPSON, Clerk to the Assembly."
At a Meeting of the Deputies, appointed by the several Counties of the Province of Maryland, at the city of Annapolis, by Adjournment, on the 8th day of December, 1774, and continued till the 12th Day of the same month,
1 See note 2, page 17.
? The original is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, Delaware, Credentials of Delegates.