1776.006: Resolutions for Independence.

Published: 1776

Full Title: In Convention present 112 members. Wednesday, May 15, 1776. Forasmuch as all the endeavours of the United Colonies, by the most decent representations and petitions to the King and Parliament of Great Britain, to restore peace and security to America under the British government ... instead of a redress of grievances, have produced ... oppression, and a vigorous attempt to effect our total destruction. ... Resolved unanimously, that a committee ought to be appointed to prepare a declaration of rights, and such a plan of government as will be most likely to maintain peace and order in this colony, and secure substantial and equal liberty to the people.

Author: Virginia. Convention of May 1776 (Fifth Convention).

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Alexander Purdie

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; (broadside).


Resolutions instructing Virginia's delegates at the Continental Congress to counsel the other delegates for a declaration of American independence from Great Britain and the forming of a continental government that would protect the rights and liberties of its citizenry. Sheet lacks printer credit; Alexander Purdie was the printer to the Virginia Conventions.

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