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Association Entered into by the Provincial Congress of Georgia


Association entered into by forty-five of the Deputies assembled in Provincial Congress, at SAVANNAH, in GEORGIA, on the 18th of JANUARY, 1775, and by them subscribed on the 23d, when they chose NOBLE WIMBERLY JONES, ARCHIBALD BULLOCK, and JOHN HOUSTON, Esquires, Delegates to represent that Colony in the Continental Congress, to be held in MAY next.

Whereas a Non-Importation, Non-Consumption, and Non-Exportation Agreement, faithfully adhered to, will probably prove the most speedy, effectual, and peaceable measure to obtain redress of American Grievances: We do, therefore, for ourselves and our constituents, firmly agree and associate, under the sacred ties of virtue, honour, and love of our country, as follows:

First. That we will not receive into this Province any Goods, Wares, or Merchandises that shall be shipped from Great Britain or Ireland, after the 15th day of March next; or from any other place any such Goods, Wares, or Merchandises as shall be shipped from those Kingdoms after that time, except such as come under the rules and directions of the ninth Article herein mentioned; and except such Goods, Wares, or Merchandises as are absolutely necessary for carrying on the Indian trade, subject, nevertheless, to the control of the Continental Congress, intended to be held at Philadelphia, on the 10th day of May next. Nor will we from this day import or purchase any Tea from any part of the world, nor import any Molasses, Syrups, Paneles, Coffee, or Pimento, from the British Plantations, or from Dominica, nor Wines from Madeira or the Western Islands, nor foreign Indigo.

Second. That we will neither import or purchase any Slaves imported from Africa, or elsewhere, after the 15th day of March next.


Third. That we will not export any Merchandise, or commodity whatsoever, to Great Britain or Ireland, or to the West Indies, after the first day of December next, except Rice to Europe.

Fourth. Such as are Merchants, and use the British and Irish trade, will give orders, as soon as possible, to their factors, agents, and correspondents in Great Britain and Ireland, not to ship any Goods to them on any pretence whatsoever, as they cannot be received in Georgia; and if any Merchants, residing in Great Britain or Ireland, shall, directly or indirectly, ship any Goods, Wares, or Merchandises for this Province, in order to break such Non-Importation Agreement, or in any manner contravene the same, on such unworthy conduct being well attested, it ought to be made publick; and on the same being so done, we will not, from thenceforth, have any commercial connection with such Merchant.

Fifth. That such as are owners of Vessels will give positive orders to their Captains or Masters not to receive on board their Vessels any Goods prohibited by the said Non-Importation Agreement, on pain of immediate dismission from their service.

Sixth. We will use our utmost endeavours to improve the breed of Sheep, and increase their number to the greatest extent, and to that end will kill them as sparingly as may be, especially those of the most profitable kind; nor will we export any to the West Indies, or elsewhere; and those of us who are, or may become overstocked with, or can conveniently spare any Sheep, will dispose of them to our neighbours, especially to the poorer sort, on moderate terms.

Seventh. That we will, in our several stations, encourage frugality, economy, and industry, and promote Agriculture, Arts, and the Manufactures of America, especially that of Wool; and will discountenance and discourage every species of extravagance and dissipation, especially Horse-Racing, and all kinds of gaming, Cock-Fighting, exhibitions of Shew, Plays, and other expensive diversions and entertainments; and on the death of any relation or friend, none of us, or our families, will go into any further mourning dress than a Black Crape or Ribbon on the arm or hat, for gentlemen; and a Black Ribbon and Necklace, for ladies; and we will discontinue the giving of Scarfs and Gloves at Funerals.

Eighth. That such as are venders of Goods or Merchandise, will not take advantage of the scarcity of Goods that may be occasioned by this Association, but will sell the same at the rates they have been accustomed to do for twelve months last past; and if any vender of Goods or Merchandise shall sell any Goods on higher terms, or shall, in any manner, or by any device whatsoever, violate or depart from this. Agreement, no person ought, nor will any of us, deal with any such person, or his or her factor or agent, at any time thereafter, for any commodity whatever.

Ninth. In case any Merchant, Trader, or other person, shall receive any Goods or Merchandises which shall be shipped after the 15th day of March, and before the 15th day of May next, the same ought, forthwith, at the election of the owner, to be either re-shipped or delivered to the Committee of the Town, Parish, or District wherein they shall be imported, to be stored at the risk of the importer, until the Non-Importation Agreement shall cease, or be sold, under the direction of the Committee aforesaid; and in the last mentioned case, the owner or owners of such Goods shall be reimbursed, out of the sales, the first costs and charges; the profit, if any, to be applied towards relieving such poor inhabitants of the Town of Boston as are immediate sufferers by the Port Bill; and a particular account of all Goods so returned, stored, or sold, to be inserted in the publick Papers: and if any Goods or Merchandises shall be shipped after the said 15th day of May next, the same ought, forthwith, to be sent back again, without breaking any of the packages thereof.

Tenth. That a Committee be chosen in every Parish, Town, and District, by those who contribute towards the general tax, whose business it shall be attentively to observe the conduct of all persons touching this Association; and when it shall be made to appear to the satisfaction of a majority of any such Committee, that any person, within the limits of their appointment, has violated this Association, that such majority do forthwith cause the truth of


the case to be published in the Gazette, to the end that all such foes to the rights of British America may be publickly known, and universally contemned as the enemies of American Liberty, and thenceforth we will respectively break off all dealings with him or her.

Eleventh. That the Committee of Correspondence do frequently inspect the entries of the Custom House, and inform the Committees of the other Provinces, from time to time, of the true state thereof, and of every other material circumstance that may occur relative to this Association.

Twelfth. That all Manufactures of this Province be sold at reasonable prices, so that no undue advantages be taken of a future scarcity of Goods.

And we do solemnly bind ourselves, and our constituents, under the ties aforesaid, to adhere to this Association, until American Grievances are redressed.

The foregoing Association being determined upon by the Congress, was ordered to be subscribed by the several Members thereof; and, thereupon, we have hereunto set our respective names accordingly.

IN CONGRESS, Savannah, Georgia, January 23, 1775.

John Glen, Chairman.
Noble W˙ Jones,
Samuel Farley,
Ambrose Wright,
Peter Tondee,
Thomas Lee,
William Young,
John M' Clure,
Archibald Bullock,
John Houston,
Joseph Habersham,
George Houston,
Edward Telfair,
William Gibbons,
Peter Bard,
D˙ Zubly, Junior,
James De Veaux,
Joseph Clay,
Philip Box,
William Ewen,
George Walton,
John Stirk,
Isaac Young,
Robert Rae,
Robert Hamilton,
Edmund Bugg,
William Glascock,
John Germany,
L˙ Marbury,
Hugh Middleton,
Samuel Germany,
John Wereat,
Jonathan Cochran,
George M' Intosh,
Raymond Demere,
William Jones,
James Cochran,
Joseph Gibbons,
Francis H˙ Harris,
Samuel Elbert,
Henry Jones,
William Lord,
John Mann,
David Lewis,
George Wyche.