Suffolk Resolves


The Suffolk Reserves were written by Joseph Warren, in response to the Restraining Acts.


At the urging of King George III, the British Parliament enacted five laws in 1774, in response to colonial actions flaunting British authority, particularly the Boston Tea Party. The British referred to the legislation collectively as the Coercive Acts or the Restraining Acts. In September 1774, representatives from Boston and other Suffolk County towns met in Milton, Massachusetts to craft a response to the Coercive Acts. Dr. Joseph Warren drafted a series of resolutions, known as the Suffolk Resolves, were passed by a unanimous vote of the Suffolk County towns on September 9. The Suffolk Resolves 1). declared the Coercive Acts to be unconstitutional and void, 2). urged Massachusetts leaders to establish a separate state until the Coercive Acts were repealed, 3). advised Massachusetts leaders to retain all future tax collections, rather than passing them on to Great Britain, 4). urged colonists to boycott of British goods and trade with Great Britain, 5). advised the people of Massachusetts to appoint militia officers and begin arming their local forces, and 6). warned British official that efforts to arrest citizens on political charges would result in the detention of the arresting officers. Paul Revere delivered the Suffolk Resolves to Philadelphia, where the First Continental Congress endorsed them on September 17, 1774.


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  • Article Title Suffolk Resolves
  • Coverage 1774
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  • Keywords suffolk resolves
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date December 5, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
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  • Date of Last Update November 12, 2021