Allegiance to the King forbidden, July 21, 1776

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Allegiance to the King forbidden, July 21, 1776


United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.


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Rhode Island. General Assembly


C#00210 – Acts & Resolves of the General Assembly


Rhode Island State Archives


1776 July 21


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      Whereas the General Congress of the United States of

America by the Resolution of the 4th Instant after enumerate--

ing many of the various Acts by which George the Third

King of Great Britain hath demonstrated his intention

to establish an absolute Tyranny over the said States;

have declared that “a Prince whose Character is thus

marked by every Act which may desire a tyrant is

unfit to be the Ruler of a free People” and have further

declared that the said States “Are and of Right ought to

be free and independent States; that they are absolved

from all Allegiance to the British Crown; and that

all political Connection between them and the state

of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved”

which said Resolution hath been approved & solemnly

published by Order and in Presence of the General

Assembly;  It is therefore Voted and Resolved that if

any Person within this State shall under pretences

of preaching or praying or in any other Way and

manner whatever acknowledge or declare the said

King to be our rightful Lord and Sovereign, or shall

pray for the success of his Arms, or that he may

vanquish or overcome all his enemies shall be

deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor and shall

therefore be presented by the Grand Jury of the County

where the Offence shall be committed to the Superior

Court of the same County, and upon Conviction

thereof such Offender shall forfeit and pay as a

fine to and for the Use of this State the Sum of

One Hundred Pounds lawful Money and pay

all Costs of Prosecution; and shall stand committed

to Gaol until the same be satisfied; And that

a Copy of this Act be inserted in the Newport

and Providence News Papers

            In the Upper House

Resolved That the aforewritten pass as an Act of this Assembly

July 21, 1776  

Voted & passed to the Lower House for concurrence

                        By Ordr. Henry Ward Secry.

            Read the Same Day in the Lower house

                        And Concurred & ordr. J. Lyndon Cler.

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