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Act of the British Parliament


In Congress, Thursday, March 21, 1776,

The Congress met.
And the Journal of yesterday was read.

An Act of the British Parliament, just received from Georgia, declaring all seizures of the persons and property of, and damages done to the American Colonists, before the passing of the said Act, from Massachusetts-Bay to Georgia inclusive, to be legal — and also declaring all the said


Colonies in actual rebellion, entitled "An Act to prohibit all trade and intercourse with the Colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the three lower Counties on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North- Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia, during the continuance of the present rebellion within the said Colonies respectively; for repealing an Act, made in the fourteenth year of the reign of his present Majesty, to discontinue the landing and discharging, lading or shipping, of goods, wares, and merchandise, at the Town and within the Harbour of Boston, in the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay; and also two other Acts, made in the last session of Parliament, for restraining the trade and commerce of the Colonies in the said Acts respectively mentioned, and to enable any person or persons appointed and authorized by his Majesty to grant pardons, to issue Proclamations, in the cases and for the purposes therein mentioned," — was read.

Resolved, That a copy of the said Act be immediately despatched, and conveyed with all possible haste, to the Continental Congress at Philadelphia; and that proper extracts from the said Act be forthwith made, printed, and published here.