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Meeting of the Inhabitants of the City of New-York, convened in the Fields


New-York Committee of Correspondence. Resolutions adopted by the Meeting in the Fields, referred to by Mr˙ Thurman. 1˙ That Boston is suffering in the common cause of the Colonies. 2˙ An invasion of the rights of one Colony is an attack upon the liberties of all. 3˙ The shutting up an American Port, to exact a submission to Parliamentary Taxation, is un-constitutional. 4˙ Suspension of Trade with Great Britain till the Boston Act is repealed, will save America. 5˙ Delegates from New-York to the General Congress instructed to unite in a Non-Importation Agreement. 6˙ The Meeting will support every measure of the Congress for securing the objects mentioned in these Resolutions. 7˙ Provincial Convention recommended to choose Deputies to the Congress. 8˙ That Subscriptions be immediately set on foot for the relief of the Poor of Boston. 9˙ The City Committee instructed to carry these Resolutions into execution,


Proceedings in the Fields, referred to in Mr˙ THURMAN' S motion of this Evening.

At a numerous meeting of the inhabitants of the city of New-York, convened in the Fields by public advertisement, on Wednesday, the 6th of July, 1774.


The business of the meeting being fully explained by the Chairman, and the dangerous tendency of the numerous and vile arts used by the enemies of America, to divide and distract her councils, as well as the misrepresentations of the virtuous intentions of the citizens of this metropolis, in this interesting and alarming state of the liberties of America, the following Resolutions were twice read, and the question being separately put on each of them, they were passed without one dissentient:
1st˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That the statute commonly called the Boston Port Act, is oppressive to the inhabitants of that town, unconstitutional in its principles, and dangerous to the liberties of British America; and that, therefore, we consider our brethren at Boston as now suffering in the common cause of these Colonies.

2d˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That any attack or attempt to abridge the liberties, or invade the Constitution of any of our sister Colonies, is immediately an attack upon the liberties and Constitution of all the British Colonies.

3d˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That the shutting up of any of the ports in America, with intent to exact from Americans a submission to Parliamentary taxation, or extort a reparation of private injuries, is highly unconstitutional, and subversive of the commercial rights of the inhabitants of this Continent.

4th˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That it is the opinion of this meeting, that if the principal Colonies on this Continent shall come into a joint resolution to stop all importation from, and exportation to Great Britain, till the Act of Parliament for blocking up the harbour of Boston be repealed, the same will prove the salvation of North America and her liberties; and that, on the other hand, if they continue their exports and imports, there is great reason to fear that fraud, power, and the most odious oppression, will rise triumphant over right, justice, social happiness, and freedom: Therefore,

5th˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That the Deputies who shall represent this Colony in the Congress of American Deputies, to be held at Philadelphia, about the first of September next, are hereby instructed, empowered, and directed to engage with a majority of the principal Colonies, to agree for this city upon a non-importation from Great Britain, of all goods, wares and merchandises, until the Act for blocking up the harbour of Boston be repealed, and American grievances be redressed; and also to agree to


all such other measures as the Congress shall in their wisdom judge advancive of these great objects, and a general security of the rights and privileges of America.

6th˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That this meeting will abide by, obey, and observe all such resolutions, determinations and measures, which the Congress aforesaid shall come into, and direct or recommend to be done, for obtaining and securing the important ends mentioned in the foregoing resolutions. And that an engagement to this effect be immediately entered into and sent to the Congress, to evince to them our readiness and determination to co-operate with our sister Colonies for the relief of our distressed brethren at Boston, as well as for the security of our common rights and privileges.

7th˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That it is the opinion of this meeting that it would be proper for every county in the Colony, without delay, to send two Deputies, chosen by the people, or from the Committees chosen by them in each county, to hold, in conjunction with Deputies for this city and county, a Convention for the Colony, (on a day to be appointed,) in order to elect a proper number of Deputies to represent the Colony in the general Congress. But that, if the counties shall conceive this mode impracticable or inexpedient, they be requested to give their approbation to the Deputies who shall be chosen for this city and county to represent the Colony in Congress.

8th˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That a subscription should immediately be set on foot for the relief of such poor inhabitants of Boston as are, or may be deprived of the means of subsistence, by the operation of the Act of Parliament for stopping up the port of Boston. The money which shall arise from such subscription to he laid out as the city Committee of Correspondence shall think will best answer the end proposed.

9th˙ Resolved, nem˙ con˙, That the city Committee of Correspondence be, and they are hereby instructed, to use their utmost endeavours to carry these resolutions into execution.

Ordered, That these Resolutions be printed in the public newspapers of this city, and transmitted to the different counties in this Colony, and to the Committees of Correspondence for the neighbouring Colonies.