Lot 251: Manuscript document, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.25 x 13, September 5, 1774. A manuscript chronicling the first instances of open rebellion against the Crown, beginning with a copy of resolutions issued by a convention of the Worcester County Committees of Correspondence on August 31, 1774, in response to one of the Intolerable Acts. These resolves are followed by a record of the Grafton town meeting held to consider these measures on September 5, 1774, which was moderated by Captain Luke Drury. In part: "Whereas this Charter…as well as laws enacted by virtue of the same…have been by the Parliament of Great Britain without the least color of right or justice…Declared in part null and void…forming a Complete System of Tyranny and whereas no Power on Earth hath a right without the Consent of this Province to alter the minutest tittle of the Charter…as the sitting of said Court, may have a Tendency to Effect the good people of this county in such manner as may Insensibly lead them to submit to the Chains of Slavery…Therefore Resolved that it is the Indispensable duty of the Inhabitants of this County…to prevent the sitting of the Respective court…the Inhabitants of this County will attend in person the next inferior court of common pleas and general session…properly Armed to repel any hostile force which may be employed." In very good condition, with repaired separations to folds, scattered staining and soiling, and some writing a few shades light.
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