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MONDAY, first of AUGUST, in the year of our Lord 1774.

At a General Meeting of Delegates from the different


Counties in this Colony, convened in the City of Williamsburgh, to take under their consideration the present critical and alarming situation of the Continent of North America,

Honourable Peyton Randolph, Esq˙, in the Chair,

It was unanimously Resolved, That it is the opinion of this meeting, that it will be highly conducive to the security and happiness of the British Empire, that a General Congress of Deputies, from all the Colonies, assemble as quickly as the nature of their situations will admit, to consider of the most proper and effectual manner of so operating on the commercial connection of the Colonies with the mother country as to procure redress for the much injured Province of Massachusetts Bay, to secure British America from the ravage and rum of arbitrary taxes, and speedily as possible to procure the return of that harmony and union so beneficial to the whole Empire, and so ardently desired by all British America.