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Test Act subscribers, 1776

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Test Act subscribers, 1776

Subject

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

Description

Image of the subscribers signatures to the Rhode Island Test Act of 1776.

At the Old State House on Benefit Street in Providence, the Rhode Island General Assembly officially ended the colony's allegiance to Great Britain through legislation passed on May 4th, 1776. The original act is in the keeping of the Secretary of State and is kept at the State Archives. The Encyclopedia Americana lists Rhode Island as the first colony to declare its independence (1996 Deluxe Library Edition, Vol. 23, p.485). Rhode Island was the first of the American colonies to repeal by official legislative act its allegiance to King George III of England. Rhode Island also had the first overt act of violence against the British authorities, the burning of the revenue sloop Liberty in Newport on July 19, 1769.
Source: Rhode Island State Library: The Independence of Rhode Island

See also:
Rhode Island Colony Records, 1646 - 1851

Declaration of Independence at the National Archives

Declaration of Independence at the Library of Congress

Source

C#222

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1776 June 16

Rights

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

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Language

eng

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Text

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

Citation

Rhode Island. General Assembly, "Test Act subscribers, 1776," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #307, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/307 (accessed October 1, 2014).