The Association Test of 1776.
To the Selectmen and Committee of the Town of Northwood: Colony of New Hampshire-
In Committee of Safety, April 12th, 1776.
In order to carry the underwritten Resolve of the Honorable Continental Congress into Execution, You are requested to desire all Males above twenty-one years of age (lunaticks, idiots, and negroes excepted,) to sign to the Declaration on this paper; and when so done, to make return hereof, together with the name or names of all who shall refuse to sign the same, to the General Assembly, or Committee of Safety of this Colony.
M. WEARE, Chairman.
In Congress, March 14, 1776.
Resolved, That it be recommended to the several Assemblies, Conventions, and Councils, or Committees of Safety of the United Colonies, immediately to cause all persons to be disarmed, within their respective Colonies, who are notoriously disaffected to the cause of America, or who have not associated, and refuse to associate, to defend by Arms, the United Colonies, against the hostile attempts of the British Fleets and Armies.
(Copy) Extract from the minutes.
CHARLES THOMPSON, Sec'ry.
In consequence of the above Resolution, of the Hon. Continental Congress, and to shew our Determination in joining our American Brethren, in defending the Lives, Liberties, and Properties of the Inhabitants of the United Colonies:
We the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage, and promise, that we will, to the utmost of our Power, at the Risque of our Lives and Fortunes, with Arms, oppose the hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets, and Armies, against the United American Colonies.
Joseph Demerit (Capt. Of the Parish)
Daniel Hoitt (Lieut)
Nathaniel Morril, Jun'r
Benjamin Johnson, Jun'r
Daniel Sawyer Refuses to Sine this, making plees that he is of a quaker Princabel.
Source: Cogswell, Rev. Elliott C. History of Nottingham, Deerfield and Northwood; Manchester, NH, 1878
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