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Town Meeting at Providence, in Rhode-Island



At a Town Meeting held at Providence, Rhode Island, convened by warrant, on the 12th day of August, 1774:

BENJAMIN MAN, Esquire, Moderator.

Instructions to the Deputies of this Town in General Assembly.

GENTLEMEN: The sufferings and distresses of the people of the town of Boston, occasioned by a relentless execution of that cruel edict for blocking up the port, awakens our attention and excites our compassion. Their cause is our cause; and unless aid and succour be afforded them, they may be discouraged into a hurtful submission, and Ministerial vengeance may next be directed against this Colony, and in the end alight upon all. You are therefore requested to use your endeavours at the next session of the General Assembly, to procure a grant to be made from this Colony of such sum of money as they may think fit, towards relieving and mitigating the difficulties and distresses which that town must experience from the operation of that most unrighteous inhibition, the hostile manner of carrying the same into force, and a general arrest of their liberties.

Permit us to observe, that in doing this it will be evidenced, that as a community, we would do unto others as we would that they should do unto us in a like circumstance; and that it will be a greater testimony of unanimity in the general concernments of America in this day of struggle and danger, than private contributions, and far more equal.