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Morison, Malcom (fl. 1775) A General Association, agreed to, and subscribed by the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the County of Dutchess

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02329 Author/Creator: Morison, Malcom (fl. 1775) Place Written: Dutchess County, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: circa June 1775 Pagination: 2 p. ; 41.9 x 33 cm.

Summary of Content: Cosigned by Matthew Paterson, Joseph Chandler, Comfort Ludinton, Ruben Miers, James Dickinson, Jr., Isaiah Barnett, Malcom Morison, Alexander Kidd, Henry Ludinton, William Calkin, David Akinis, Stephen Baxter. Issues a statement in support of resistance to Parliament's policies in order to preserve "the Rights & Liberties of America." Explains that they were "alarmed at the avowed Design of the Ministry, to raise a Revenue in America; and, shocked by the bloody Scene, now acting in the Massachusetts Bay." Resolves to follow whatever recommendation the Continental Congress makes "opposing the several arbitrary, and oppressive Acts of the British Parliament; untill a Reconciliation between Great Britain and America, on Constitutional Principles, (which we most ardently desire) can be obtained." A short list of subscribers appears on the verso.

Full Transcript: A General Association, agreed to, and subscribed by the Freeholders, and Inhabitants of the County of Dutchess
Persuaded, that the salvation of the Rights & Liberties of America, depends, under God, ...on the firm Union of its Inhabitants, in a Vigorous Prosecution of the Measures necessary for its Safety; and convinced of the necessity of preventing the Anarchy & Confusion, which attend a Dissolution of the Powers of Government, We the Freeholders, and Inhabitants of the County of Dutchess, being greatly alarmed at the avowed Design of the Ministry, to raise a Revenue in America; and, shocked, by the bloody Scene, now acting in the Massachusets Bay. Do, in the most solemn Manner, resolve, never to become Slaves; and do associate under all the Ties of Religion, Honour, and Love to our Country, to adopt and endeavour to carry into Execution, whatever Measures may be recommended by the Continental Congress; or resolved upon by our Provincial Conventions for the Purpose of preserving our Constitution and opposeing the Execution of [inserted: the] several arbitrary, and oppressive Acts of the British Parliament; untill a Reconciliation between Great - Britain and America, on Constitutional Principles, (which we most ardently desire) can be obtained: And that we will, in althings follow the Advice of our General Committee, respecting the Purposes aforesaid, the Preservation of Peace and good Order, and the Safety of Individuals, and private Property.

Mathew Paterson Malcom Morison
Joseph Chandler Alex:r Kidd ~
Comfort Ludinton Henry Ludinton
Ruben Miers Elijah Oakley
James Dickinson Jr. William Calkin
Isaiah Barnett David Akinis
Stephen Baxter
[verso] None: Subscribers
Joseph Nothress
[struck: Nathan Turner]
Phil[inserted: i]p Smith
Jacob Bendsell
[strikeout]
John Lister
[strikeout]
William Boody



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People: Oakley, Elijah, 1754-1836
Paterson, Matthew, fl. 1775
Chandler, Joseph, fl. 1775
Ludinton, Comfort, fl. 1775
Miers, Ruben, fl. 1775
Dickinson, James, Jr., fl. 1775
Barnett, Isaiah, fl. 1775
Morison, Malcom, fl. 1775
Kidd, Alexander, fl. 1775
Ludinton, Henry, fl. 1775
Calkin, William, fl. 1775
Akinis, David, fl. 1775
Baxter, Stephen, fl. 1775

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PetitionRevolutionary WarCivil RightsFreedom and IndependenceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyTaxes or TaxationContinental CongressCongressGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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