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Credentials of Delegates from Rhode-Island


The Congress then resumed the consideration of the matter first under debate. During the debate, Sam' l Ward,


esq˙, one of the Delegates from Rhode-Island, appeared and produced his Credentials, which being read, were approved, and are as follow:

"By the Honourable the General Assembly of the ENGLISH Colony of RHODE-ISLAND and PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS, in NEW-ENGLAND, in AMERICA.

"To the Honourable STEPHEN HOPKINS, esq˙, and the Honourable SAMUEL WARD, esq˙, Greeting:

"Whereas, the General Assembly of the Colony aforesaid, have nominated and appointed you, the said Stephen Hopkins and Samuel Ward, to represent the people of this Colony in a General Congress of Representatives, from this and the other Colonies, to be holden in the City of Philadelphia on the tenth May instant: You are therefore hereby authorized to repair to the said City of Philadelphia, and there, in behalf of this Colony, to meet and join with the Commissioners or Delegates from the other Colonies, in consulting upon proper measures to obtain a repeal of the several Acts of the British Parliament, for levying taxes upon His Majesty' s subjects in America without their consent, and, upon proper measures, to establish the rights and liberties of the Colonies upon a just and solid foundation, agreeable to the instructions given you by the General Assembly.

"By virtue of an Act of the General Assembly, I, Henry Ward, esq˙, Secretary of the said Colony, have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Colony, this seventh day of May, A˙ D˙ 1775, and in the fifteenth year of the reign of his most sacred Majesty George the Third, by the grace of God King of Great Britain, &c.