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Resolve of the Inhabitants



At a general Town-meeting of the Freeholders and other inhabitants of Winchendon, qualified to vote in the choice of a Representative, on the 4th day of July, 1776; whereas this Town has been called upon by the honourable House of Representatives of this Colony to signify their minds in regard to American Independence, being fully sensible of the cruel and oppressive measures which are pursued by the King and Parliament of Great Britain in order to enslave these Colonies, and consequently the difficulty that will attend our being ever again united with Great Britain;

Therefore, unanimously Resolved, That if the honourable Continental Congress should think best, for the safety of the Colonies, to declare them independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain, that we will, with our lives and fortunes, support them in the measure.