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Order of the Day read, and Considered


Thursday, July 6, 1775.

The Order of the Day being read, the same was taken into consideration, and, after some deliberation, it was unanimously

1. Resolved, That this Province will adopt and carry into execution all and singular the measures and recommendations of the late Continental Congress.

2. Resolved, In particular, that we, in behalf of ourselves and our constituents, do adopt and approve of the American Declaration or Bill of Rights, published by the late Continental Congress, and also of their several resolves made in consequence of some infractions thereof.

3. That from and after this day we will not receive into this Province any Goods, Wares, or Merchandise, shipped from Great Britain or Ireland; or from any other place, any such Goods, Wares, or Merchandises as shall have been exported from Great Britain or Ireland; nor will we import any East-India Tea from any part of the world, nor 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.

4. That we will neither import or purchase any Slave imported from Africa, or elsewhere, after this day.

5. As a Non-Consumption Agreement, strictly adhered to, will be an effectual security for the observation of the Non-Importation, we, as above, solemnly agree and associate, that, from this day, we will not purchase or use any Tea imported on account of the East-India Company, or any on which a duty hath or shall be paid; and we will not purchase or use any East-India Tea whatever, nor will we, nor shall any person for or under us, purchase any of these Goods, Wares, or Merchandises we have agreed not to import, which we shall know, or have cause to suspect were imported after this day.

6. The earnest desire we have not to injure our fellow-subjects in Great Britain and Ireland, and the West-Indies, induces us to suspend a Non-Exportation until the tenth day of September, 1775, at which time, if the acts and parts of acts of the British Parliament hereinafter mentioned are not repealed, we will not, directly or indirectly, export any Merchandise or commodity whatsoever to Great Britain or Ireland, or the West-Indies, except Rice to Europe.

7. 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 whatever, as they cannot be received in this Province; and if any merchant residing in Great Britain or Ireland shall, directly or indirectly, ship any Goods, Wares, or Merchandise for America, in order to break the said 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 connexions with such merchant.

8. 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.

9. We will use our utmost endeavours to improve the breed of Sheep, and increase their numbers to the greatest extent; and to that end we will kill them as sparingly as may be, especially those of the most profitable kind, nor will 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.

10. That we will, in our several stations, encourage frugality, economy, and industry, and promote agriculture, arts, and the manufactures of British America, especially


that of Wool; and will discountenance and discourage every species of extravagance and dissipation, especially horse-racing, and every kind of gaming, cock-fighting, exhibition of shows, plays, and other expensive diversions and entertainments; and on the death of any relation or friend, none of us, or any of our families, will go into any farther 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 gloves and scarfs at funerals.

11. 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 we have been respectively accustomed to do for twelve months last past; and if any vender of Goods or Merchandise shall sell any such Goods or Merchandise 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.

12. In case any merchant, trader, or other persons shall attempt to import any Goods or Merchandise into this Province after this day, the same shall be forthwith sent back again, without breaking any of the packages thereof.

13. That a Committee be chosen in every Town, District, and Parish within this Province, by those who pay 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 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 break off all connexion with him or her.

14. That a Committee of Correspondence to this Province do frequently inspect the entries of the Custom-House, and inform the Committees of the other Colonies which have acceded to the Continental Association, from time to time of the true state thereof, and of every other material circumstance that may occur relative to this Association.

15. That all manufactures of this Province be sold at reasonable prices, so that no undue advantage be taken of a future scarcity of Goods.

16. And we do further agree and resolve, that we will have no trade, commerce, dealings, or intercourse whatsoever with any Colony or Province in North America which shall not accede to, or which shall hereafter violate this Association, but will hold them as unworthy of the rights of freemen, and as inimical to the liberties of their Country.

And we do solemnly bind ourselves and our constituents, under the ties of virtue, honour, and love of our Country, to adhere to this Association, until such parts of the several acts of Parliament, passed since the close of the last war, as impose or continue duties upon Tea, Wines, Molasses, Syrups, Paneles, Coffee, Sugar, Pimento, Indigo, foreign Paper, Glass, and Painters' Colours, imported into America; and extend the powers of the Admiralty Courts beyond their ancient limits, deprive American subjects of trial by Jury, authorize the Judge' s certificate to indemnify the prosecutor from damages that he might otherwise be liable to from a trial by his peers, require oppressive security from claimants of Ships or Goods seized before he is allowed to defend his property, are repealed; and until that part of the Act of 12 George 3, ch. 24, entitled "An Act for the better securing His Majesty' s Dock-Yards, Magazines, Ships, Ammunition, and Stores," by which any person charged with committing any of the offences therein described in America may be tried- within any Shire or County within the Realm, is repealed; and until the four acts passed in the last session of Parliament, viz: that for stopping the Port and blocking up the Harbour of Boston, that for altering the Charter and Government of the Massachusetts-Bay, and that which is entitled "An Act for the better administration, &c˙," and that for extending the limits of Quebeck, &c˙, are repealed; and until the two acts passed in the present session of Parliament, the one entitled "A Bill to restrain the Trade and Commerce of


the Colonies of New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South-Carolina, to Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Islands in the West-Indies, under certain conditions and limitations;" and the other, "An Act commonly called the Fishery Bill."