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Resolutions by inhabitants of the Wilmington District concerning resistance to Parliamentary taxation and the Provincial Congress of North Carolina
Hooper, William, 1742-1790; Et Al.
July 21, 1774
Volume 09, Pages 1016-1017

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[B. P. R. O. Am. & W. Ind.: No. Carolina. No. 222.]
The Call for the First Provincial Congress.

At a General Meeting of the Inhabitants of the district of Wilmington in the Province of North Carolina held at the Town of Wilmington, July 21st 1774

William Hooper, Esqre Chairman.

Resolved that Col. James Moore, John Ancrum, Fred Jones, Samuel Ashe, Robert Howe, Robert Hogg, Francis Clayton and Archibald Maclaine Esqrs be a Committee to prepare a circular Letter to the several Counties of this Province expressive of the sense of the Inhabitants of this district with respect to the several acts of Parliament lately made for the oppression of our Sister Colony of the Massachusetts Bay for having exerted itself in defence of the constitutional Rights of America.

Resolved, That it will be highly expedient that the several Counties of this Province should send deputies to attend a General Meeting at Johnston Court House on the 20th day of August next then and there to debate upon the present alarming State of British America and in concert with the other Colonies to adopt and proseeute such measures as will most effectually tend to avert the miseries which threaten us.

Resolved, That we are of opinion in order to effect an uniform Plan for the conduct of all North America that it will be necessary that a General Congress be held and that Deputies should there be present from the several Colonies fully informed of the sentiments of those in whose behalf they appear that such regulations may then be made as will tend most effectually to produce an alteration in the British Policy and to bring about a change honourable and beneficial to all America.

Resolved, That we have the most grateful sence of the spirited conduct of Maryland Virginia and all other the Northern Provinces and also the Province of South Carolina upon this interesting occasion and will with our Purses and Persons concur with them in all legal measures that may be conceived by the Colonies in general as most expedient in order to bring about the end which we all so earnestly wish for.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this meeting that Philadelphia will be the most proper place for holding the American Congress and

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the 20th of September the most suitable time: but in this we submit our own to the general convenience of the other Colonies.

Resolved, That we consider the cause of the Town of Boston as the common cause of British America and as suffering in defence of the Rights of the Colonies in general; and that therefore we have in proportion to our abilities sent a supply of Provisions for the indigent Inhabitants of that place, thereby to express our sympathy in their Distress and as an earnest of our sincere Intentions to contribute by every means in our power to alleviate their distress and to enduce them to maintain, with Prudence and firmness the glorious cause in which they at present suffer.