Test Act subscribers, June 16, 1776

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Test Act subscribers, June 16, 1776


Revolutions--United States--History--18th century.


Image of the subscribers signatures to the Rhode Island Test Act of 1776.  Test act requiring legislators to adhere was passed into law by the General Assembly while convened at Newport on June 16, 1776. Act making the test/oath general occurred the following month also at Newport.

See also:
Rhode Island Colony Records, 1646 - 1851




Rhode Island State Archives


1776 June 16


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We the Subscribers do solemnly and sincerely declare that
we believe the War, Resistance and Opposition in which the United
American Colonies are now engaged against the Fleets and Armies of
Great Britain is, on the Part of the said Colonies, just and necessary:
And that we will not directly nor indirectly afford Assistance of
any Sort or Kind whatever to the said Fleets and Armies during the
Continuance of the present War; but that We will heartily assist in the
Defence of the United Colonies.

June 16th 1776
Nicholas Cooke
Amos Atwell William Bradford
John Cook Jonathan Cornell John Collins
Joseph Stanton Jr John Coddington
Thomas Tillinghast John Thurston Simeon Potter
Judiah Aylesworth Wm Greene John Jepson
Nicholas Easton Charles Holden Jr James Arnold Jr
Shearjashub Bourn John Waterman Jonathan Randall
Nathaniel Pearce Josh. Babcock
Thomas Brownell Joseph Noyes Wm Potter
Ephraim Westcot George Peirce
Jeremiah Fenner John Northup Thom. Church
Elisha Waterman Silvester Gardner Henry Ward
Cromel Child Samuel Babcock
Sylvester Child Job Comstock Metcalf Bowler
John Larkin Thos. Shippee Saml. Fowler
Andrew Harris Samuel Carr Geo. Sears
Zuriel Waterman Benjn. Underwood Gideon Wanton
Thomas Wells Danll. Mowry Junr. Tho. Freebody
John Fenner Andrew Waterman Joseph Butcher
Peleg Williams Chris. Potter Jona. Arnold
Thomas Olney Samel. Segar John Brown
Jona. Jenckes Junr. Jon. Haszard John Smith
Edwd. Bosworth Chad Brown
Thomas Allin


Rhode Island. General Assembly, "Test Act subscribers, June 16, 1776," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #307, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/307 (accessed August 24, 2019).