Newtown, Dec. 10, 1774. The election of a committee of seventeen persons, for the purposes mentioned in the association entered into by the Continental Congress, for corresponding with the other Committees of this Province, having this day come on, pursuant to advertisement of the supervisor, a great number of the most respectable freeholders assembled at the Town House, and the following persons were unanimously chosen, viz.:
|Jacob Blackwell,||Jonathan Lawrence,||John Alburtis,|
|Richard Alsop, Esq.,||Samuel Moore,||Abm. Brinckerhoff,|
|Daniel Rapalje, Esp.,||William Furman||James Way|
|Philip Edsall,||William Howard||Samuel Morrell,|
|Thomas Lawrence,||Jeromus Remsen,||Jonathan Coe,|
|Daniel Lawrence,||Samuel Riker,|
This committee did not meet till December 29th, (owing to the small-pox in Col. Blackwell’s family,) when "having seriously considered the consequences that must evidently flow from the several acts of the British Parliament to raise revenue in America, and likewise that of having power to bind the people of these Colonies by statute in all cases whatsoever; ad that of extending the limits of the Admiralty Court, whereby the judges are empowered to receive their salaries and fees from effects to be condemned by themselves, and his Majesty’s American subjects deprived of the right of trial by jury; that of empowering the Commissioners of Customs to break open and enter houses, without authority of any civil magistrate; stopping the Port of Boston; changing the form of government in Massachusetts Bay; and the Quebec Bill;(1) all which, as appears to us, are absolutely intended to deprive his Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects of the American Colonies of their most inestimable rights and privileges, by subjugating them to the British Parliament, and driving them to the dire necessity of having their property taken from them without their consent;
Resolved, 1. That we consider it our greatest happiness and glory to be governed by the illustrious House of Hanover, and that we acknowledge and bear true allegiance to King George the Third as our rightful sovereign, and under his protection have a right to enjoy the privileges of the Constitution of Great Britain.
2. That man ought to have the disposition of his property, either by himself or his representatives.
3. That it is our indispensable duty to transmit unimpaired to posterity all our most valuable rights and privileges as we have received them from our ancestors--particularly that of disposing of our own property.
4. That as some mode of opposition to the Acts of Parliament imposing taxes in America, has been thought necessary by the inhabitants of the different Colonies on this Continent, to secure their invaded rights and properties; which mode has been left to the determination of the Delegates sent by each Colony, and met in Congress, at Philadelphia, in September last; they having, among other articles of their association,(2) recommended that a committee be chosen in every county, city, and town, whose business it should be to observe the conduct of all persons touching said association; and, as we are willing to establish harmony and union, we will, so far as our influence extends, endeavor that the measures of Congress be strictly adhered to in this town.
5. As we highly approve of the wise, prudent, and constitutional mode of opposition adopted by our worthy Delegates in the General Congress, to the several late tyrannical and oppressive acts of the British Parliament, we therefore render our most sincere and hearty thanks to those gentlemen for their patriotic spirit in so cheerfully undertaking the difficult and arduous task, for their faithfulness in council, and great wisdom in drawing conclusions, which, through the influence of Divine Providence, we trust will be the means of securing to us our liberty and privileges as freeborn Englishmen, and again restore harmony and confidence throughout the British Empire, which is the hearty wish of all the friends to liberty and foes to oppression.
Signed by order of the Committee,
JACOB BLACKWELL, Chairman
1. The Quebec Bill extended the limits of that Province so as
to border on the western frontiers of the United Colonies. It established arbitrary government therein, discouraged the settlement of British subjects, so that by the influence of civil principles and ancient prejudices, the Catholic population might not unite with the free Protestant Colonies.
2. By this Association, signed Oct. 20, 1774, the members of Congress pledged themselves not to import or consume tea, or any articles from the British Possessions, until the revenue acts of Parliament were repealed.
They also recommended that a committee be chosen in every county,
city, and town, to observe the conduct of all persons touching this Association.
2. By this Association, signed Oct. 20, 1774, the members of Congress pledged themselves not to import or consume tea, or any articles from the British Possessions, until the revenue acts of Parliament were repealed. They also recommended that a committee be chosen in every county, city, and town, to observe the conduct of all persons touching this Association.
Signed by 58 persons. (names omitted)