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Form of Credentials for Delegates to the Provincial Congress


Resolved, That the following form of Delegation be recommended to the inhabitants of the several Parishes and Districts through out the provinces, to prevent clashing and


unequal powers being given by different Parishes and Districts, viz:


The affairs of the Continent of America being now brought to a truly alarming and critical situation, and there being no other method left but that the whole body of the people unite as one, in opposing such acts as tend utterly to destroy the liberty, property, and birthright of America; and it having been thought necessary and convenient, in order to consult on proper ways and means for our mutual security, to assemble and convene the people in each Colony and Province, by their representatives, into one body or Council, styled a Provincial Congress, who shall act in all cases whatsoever for the good of the common cause. Now, therefore, be it known, that we, the inhabitants of ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ . Parish, (or District,) being met together in order to choose such men as are capable of the important trust, do choose A, B, C, D, &c˙, being the number determined on in the Provincial Congress, held at Savannah, 4th July, 1775, to represent us in the Provincial Congress to be held at said Town of Savannah on the fourth December next. And we do require you, the said A, B, &c˙, to do, transact, join, and concur with the other Delegates of this Province, so sitting as above recited, in all things as shall appear eligible and fit at this alarming time, for the preservation and defence of our rights and liberties; and we further empower you to choose other Delegates, if in your wisdom you think proper, or if any requisition in that case should be made by the Grand Continental Congress, in order to join or succeed the Delegates in that Congress, now chosen by the people of this Province. And we do bind ourselves solemnly, under the sacred ties of religion, virtue, honour, and love of our Country, to abide by, enforce, and carry into execution, or endeavour so to do, at the risk and peril of our lives and fortunes, whatsoever you, with the other Delegates, shall resolve and agree upon to be necessary for the well-doing and preservation of the violated rights of this Province, and the Continent in general.

Signed by us this ˙ ˙ ˙ day of ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, 1775.