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By the Honourable Joseph Wanton, Esquire, Governour, Captain-General, and Commander-in-chief of, and over the English Colony of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations, in New England, in America.

To the Honourable STEPHEN HOPKINS, Esquire, and the Honourable SAMUEL WARD, Esquire, Greeting:

Whereas the General Assembly of the Colony aforesaid, have nominated and appointed you, the said Stephen Hopkins and Samuel Ward, to represent the people of this Colony in a General Congress of Representatives from this and the other Colonies, at such time and place as should be agreed upon by the major part of the Committees appointed, or to be appointed by the Colonies in general; I do therefore hereby authorize, empower, and commissionate you, the said Stephen Hopkins and Samuel Ward, to repair to the City of Philadelphia, it being the place agreed on by the major part of the Colonies, and there, in behalf of this Colony, to meet and join with the Commissioners or Delegates from the other Colonies, in consulting upon proper measures to obtain a repeal of the several Acts of the British Parliament for levying Taxes upon his Majesty' s subjects in America, without their consent, and particularly an Act lately passed for blocking up the Port


of Boston, and upon proper measures to establish the rights and liberties of the Colonies upon a just and solid foundation, agreeable to the Instructions given you by the General Assembly.

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Given under my hand and the seal of the said Colony, this 10th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1774, and the fourteenth of the reign of his most sacred Majesty George the Third, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, &c.

Signed: J˙ WANTON.

By his Honour' s command,
HENRY WARD, Secretary.