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County Committees Appointed

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Wednesday, April 12, 1775, A. M.

The Committee on the State of the Province reported a Resolve relative to appointing County Committees to receive returns from the Committees of Correspondence of the state of their Towns, &c.; read, and accepted, and is as follows:

In Provincial Congress, Concord, April 12, 1775.

Whereas, the preservation of our country from slavery depends, under God, on an effectual execution of the Continental and Provincial measures for that purpose:

Resolved, That there be now appointed for each County in this Colony a Committee, consisting of five persons, any three of whom to be a quorum, whose business it shall be to receive from the Committees of Correspondence in their respective Towns, a state of the conduct of the Towns and Districts with respect to their having executed the Continental and Provincial plans, as aforesaid; and it shall be the duty of said Committees to meet on the first Wednesday' s of May, July, September, November, January, and March, and prepare a report of the same, to be laid before the Congress at its then next session, that any

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neglect of such Towns and Districts in executing such plans, may be speedily and effectually remedied.

Also, Resolved, That it be, and it hereby is strongly recommended to the Committees of Correspondence in the several Towns and Districts in this Colony, some time before the first Wednesday in May, July, September, November, January, and March, aforesaid, to render to any one of the Members of their County aforesaid, a true state of the conduct of their respective Towns and Districts, with respect to their having used each plan, recommended by the Continental and Provincial Congresses, and use their utmost diligence for this important purpose.

And whereas some Towns and Districts in this Colony may be destitute of so excellent an institution as Committees of Correspondence,

Resolved, That it be, and hereby is, strongly recommended to such Towns and Districts forthwith to choose Committees of Correspondence, and to afford them assistance at all times in effectually suppressing the efforts of the enemies of America whenever they shall make them.

It is further Resolved, That the County Committees are hereby required to render their Account quarterly to this Congress, that they may receive an order therefor on the Publick Treasury of the Colony.

Resolved, That at three o' clock, this afternoon, the Congress will come to the choice of the County Committees.

Resolved, That the Members from each County be together, and agree on the gentlemen to constitute their County Committee.

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