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Resolution of the Continental Congress


Friday, March 15, 1776.

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr˙ Speaker laid before the House a Resolution of the honourable Continental Congress, which was read by order, and is as follows, viz:

"In Congress, March 14, 1776.

"Resolved, That it be recommended to the several Assemblies, Conventions, and Councils or Committees of Safety of the United Colonies, immediately to cause all persons to be disarmed within their respective Colonies, who are notoriously disaffected to the cause of America, or who have not associated, and refuse to associate, to defend by arms these United Colonies against the hostile attempts of the British Fleets and Armies; and to apply the Arms taken from such persons in each respective Colony, in the first place, to the arming the Continental Troops raised in said Colony; in the next, to the arming such Troops as are raised by the Colony for its own defence; and the residue to be applied to the arming the Associates. That the Arms when taken be appraised by indifferent persons, and such


as are applied to the arming Continental Troops be paid for by Congress, and the residue by the respective Assemblies, Conventions, or Councils or Committees of Safety.

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