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Inhabitants of the United Colonies


Mr˙ Sullivan, agreeable to order, reported a Resolve relative to Vessels bound to other Colonies. Read, and accepted.

Resolved, That it be, and it hereby is recommended to the Inhabitants of the United Colonies, not to supply any person belonging to this Colony, with provision, or other merchandise, to be transported by water to any place whatever, unless such person shall produce a Certificate, signed by the Secretary of this Colony, in form following:

"Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay, December, A˙ D˙, 1775.

"This is to certify, that ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ master of ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙˙˙ owned by ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ is a person of integrity, and may be safely trusted with such provisions and merchandise as he may purchase, to transport in said vessel to this Colony. Secretary."

And it is further Resolved, That the Secretary shall sign a number of such Certificates, leaving blanks for the name of the vessel, owner, and master, and shall deposite the same with such persons as shall be appointed by this Court in the sea-port Counties to receive the same, and each of such persons so appointed, on application made to them therefore, and recommendation for the same being produced, signed by the Committee of Correspondence, or Safety, and Selectmen of the town where the owner and master of such vessel live, shall have power to fill up said blanks for, and deliver the same to such persons as may be confided in, and shall engage to send vessels as aforesaid, for the purpose aforesaid, they having first given bond to the Treasurer of this Colony, in a sum equal to the value of such vessel and cargo, conditioned for the landing any


provision or other merchandise (that may be shipped on board such vessel in said voyage) within some part of the United Colonies, without the Towns of Boston, Roxbury, Charlestown, and Nantucket; which bond shall be executed before, and lodged with the person filling said certificate.