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Stamp Act Resolutions, Connecticut Sons of Liberty, Text

Israel Putnam, General

Connecticut Sons of Liberty, Resolutions on the Stamp Act, December 10, 1765 At a meeting of a large assembly of the respectable populace in New London the 10th of December 1765, the following resolves were unanimously come into. Resolved, 1st. That every form of government rightfully founded, originates from the consent of the people. 2d. … Read more

Hall, Prince, 1788 Petition for Freedom, Text

Prince Hall, Illustration

To the Honorable the senit [senate] and House of Riprisentetives [Representatives] of the comon Welth [Commonwealth] of Massachusetts bay in general court assembled Februry 27 1788: The Petition of greet [great] Number of Blacks freemen of this common welth [Commonwealth] Humbly sheweth that your Petetioners [Petitioners] are justly Allarm’d at the enhuman [inhuman] and cruel Treetment … Read more

Prince Hall, 1777 Petition for Freedom, Text

Prince Hall, Illustration

To the Honorable Counsel & House of [Representa-]tives for the State of Massachusette Bay in General Court assembled, Jan 13 1777 — The petition of A Great Number of Blackes detained in a State of Slavery in the Bowels of a free & christian Country Humbly shuwith that your Petitioners Apprehend that Thay have in … Read more

Petition for Freedom to Thomas Hutchinson, Text

Thomas Hutchinson, Portrait

June, 1773 The recent Petition sent in by [ . . . ] To his Excellency Thomas Hutc [hinson Gov ]ernor of said Provnce, to the Honorable his Majesty s [Council, and to the] Honourable House of Representatives in General court assembled June 1773 — The Petition of us the subscribers in behalf of all … Read more

Currency Act, Text

King George III, Portrait

An Act to prevent Paper Bills of Credit, hereafter to be issued in any of His Majesty’s Colonies or Plantations in America, from being declared to be a legal Tender in Payments of Money; and to prevent the legal Tender of such Bills as are now subsisting, from being prolonged beyond the Periods limited for calling … Read more

Stamp Act, Text

George Grenville, Portrait

An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British colonies and plantations in America, towards further defraying the expences of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the several acts of parliament relating to the trade and revenues of the said colonies and plantations, … Read more

Proclamation of Rebellion, King George III, Text

King George III, Portrait

By the KING, A PROCLAMATION, For suppressing Rebellion and Sedition. GEORGE R. WHEREAS many of Our Subjects in divers Parts of Our Colonies and Plantations in North America, misled by dangerous and ill-designing Men, and forgetting the Allegiance which they owe to the Power that has protected and sustained them, after various disorderly Acts committed … Read more

Quebec Act, Text

King George III, Portrait

An Act for making more effectual Provision for the Government of the Province of Quebec in North America. WHEREAS his Majesty, by his Royal Proclamation bearing Date the seventh Day of October, in the third Year of his Reign, thought fit to declare the Provisions which had been made in respect to certain Countries, Territories, … Read more

Boston Port Act, Text

Thomas Gage

An act to discontinue, in such manner, and for such time as are therein mentioned, the landing and discharging, lading or shipping, of goods, wares, and merchandise, at the town, and within the harbour, of Boston, in the province of Massachuset’s Bay, in North America. WHEREAS dangerous commotions and insurrections have been fomented and raised … Read more

Massachusetts Government Act of 1774, Text

Thomas Gage

An act for the better regulating the government of the province of the Massachuset’s Bay, in New England. WHEREAS by letters patent under the great seal of England, made in the third year of the reign of their late majesties King William and Queen Mary, for uniting, erecting, and incorporating, the several colonies, territories, and … Read more

Quartering Act of 1774, Text

Thomas Gage

An act for the better providing suitable quarters for officers and soldiers in his Majesty’s service in North America. WHEREAS doubts have been entertained, whether troops can be quartered otherwise than in barracks, in case barracks have been provided sufficient for the quartering of all officers and soldiers within any town, township, city, district, or … Read more

Administration of Justice Act, Text

Thomas Gage

An act for the impartial administration of justice in the cases of persons questioned for any acts done by them in the execution of the law, or for the suppression of riots and tumults, in the province of the Massachuset’s Bay, in New England. WHEREAS in his Majesty’s province of Massachuset’s Bay, in New England, … Read more

Declaratory Act, Text

King George III, Portrait

An act for the better securing the dependency of his majesty’s dominions in America upon the crown and parliament of Great Britain. Whereas several of the houses of representatives in his Majesty’s colonies and plantations in America, have of late against law, claimed to themselves, or to the general assemblies of the same, the sole … Read more

Stamp Act Repeal, Text

Benjamin Franklin, Portrait

An Act Repealing the Stamp Act Whereas an Act was passed in the last session of Parliament entitled, An Act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties in the British colonies and plantations in America towards further defraying the expenses of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the … Read more

Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, 1775, Text

John Dickinson, Illustration

A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms. If it was possible for men, who exercise their reason to believe, that the divine Author of our existence intended a part of the human race to … Read more

Articles of Association, 1774, Text

Richard Henry Lee, Illustration

The Association entered into by the American Continental Congress in Behalf of all the Colonies We, his majesty’s most loyal subjects, the delegates of the several colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the three lower counties of Newcastle, Kent and Sussex on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, and South-Carolina, deputed to represent them … Read more

Paris, Treaty of (1763), Text

King George III, Portrait

In the Name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. So be it. Be it known to all those whom it shall, or may, in any manner, belong, It has pleased the Most High to diffuse the spirit of union and concord among the Princes, whose divisions had spread troubles … Read more

Molasses Act of 1733, Text

Robert Walpole, Painting

An act for the better securing and encouraging the trade of his Majesty’s sugar colonies in America Whereas the Welfare and Prosperity of Your Majesty’s Sugar Colonies in America are of the greatest Consequence and Importance to the Trade, Navigation, and Strength of this Kingdom: And whereas the Planters of the said Sugar Colonies have … Read more

Stamp Act Congress, Massachusetts Circular Letter, Text

James Otis, Portrait

BOSTON, June 1765. SIR, THE House of Representatives of this Province, in the present Session of the General Court, have unanimously agreed to propose a Meeting, as soon as may be, of COMMITTEES, from the Houses of Representatives or Burgesses of the several British Colonies on this Continent to consult together on the present Circumstances … Read more