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Resolution of Congress of May 15, recommending the establishment of new Governments; referred to a Committee, with Instructions


The House met pursuant to adjournment.

The honourable the Continental Congress having passed a Resolve the 15th instant, recommending to the respective Assemblies and Conventions of the United Colonies where no Government sufficient to the exigencies of their affairs has been hitherto established, to adopt such Government as shall, in the opinion of the Representatives of the people, best conduce to the happiness and safety of their constituents in particular, and America in general: And it appearing to this House that doubts have arisen concerning the true sense and meaning of the said Resolve, Therefore,

Upon motion, Resolved, That Mr˙ Andrew Allen, Mr˙ Clymer, Mr˙ Wilcocks, Mr˙ Pearson, and Mr˙ Ross, be a Committee to take into consideration the said Resolve of Congress, and the Preamble thereto; and to draw up a Memorial from this House, setting forth the different meanings that have been assigned to the said Resolve, and requesting an explanation, in such terms as will not admit of any doubt, whether the Assemblies and Conventions now subsisting in the several Colonies are or are not the bodies to whom the consideration of continuing the old, or adopting new Governments, is referred.