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Answer of the Congress to the Resolutions


Monday, July 31, 1775.

The Congress met according to adjournment.

The Congress took into consideration the Report of the Committee on the Resolve of the House of Commons, and the same being debated by paragraphs, was agreed to, as follows:

The several Assemblies of New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, having referred to the Congress a Resolution of the House of Commons of Great Britain, which Resolutions in these words:

"Lunae, 20° Die Feb˙ 1775.

"The House in a Committee on the American Papers. Motion made, and question proposed:

"That It is the opinion of this Committee, that when the General Council and Assembly, or General Court of any of his Majesty' s Provinces or Colonies in America, shall propose to make provision, according to the condition, circumstance, or situation of such Province or Colony, for contributing their proportion to the common defence, (such proportion to be raised under the authority of the General Court, or General Assembly of such Province or Colony, and disposable by Parliament,) and shall engage


to make provision also, for the support of the civil Government, and the administration of justice in such Province or Colony, it will be proper, if such proposal shall be approved by His Majesty and the two Houses of Parliament, and for so long as such provision shall be made accordingly, to forbear in respect to such Province or Colony, to lay any duty, tax, or assessment, or to impose any farther duty, tax, or assessment, except only such duties as it may be expedient to continue to levy or impose, for the regulation of Commerce; the nett produce or the duties last mentioned, to be carried to the account of such Province or Colony respectively."