spective constituents, that they shall abide by the determinations of the united states in congress assembled, on all questions which by the said consederation are submitted to them; and that the articles thereof shall be inviolably observed by the states we respectively represent; and that the union shall be perpetual. In Witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands in congress.

DONE at Philadelphia, in the/fate 0/" Pennsylvania, the gth day of July, in the year of our Lord, 1778, and in the third year of the independence of America.

The aforesaid articles of consederation were sinally ratified on the first day of March 1781 ; the state of Maryland having, by their members in congress, on that day acceded thereto, and compleated the same.


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\ Samuel Adams,
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\ Francis Dana,
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v Samuel Holten.

C William Ellery,
•i Henry Mirchun',

{.John Collins.

0. Roger Sherman,
1 Samuel Hiintingtont
< Oliver Walott,
I Titus Hofmer,
L .Andrew Adams.

S James Duane,
Francis Lewis,
"^William Duer,
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In CONGRESS, at Exeter, Jan. 5, 1776.

WE, .the members of the congress of the colcny of NewHampshire, chosen and appointed by the free suTrages of the people of said colony, and authorised and impowered by them to meet together, and use such means, and pursue such, measures, as we shall judge best for the public good ; and in particular to establish some form of'government, provided that measure should be recommended by the Continental Congress; and a recommendation to that purpose having been transmitted to us from the said Congress; have taken into our serious consideration the unhappy circumstances into which this colony is involved, by means of many grievous and oppreffive acts of the British Parliament, depriving us of our native and constitutional rights and privileges; to enforce obedience to which acts, a powersul sleet and army have been sent into this country, by the ministry of Great Britain, who have exercised a wanton and cruel abuse of their power, in destroying the lives and properties of the colonists, in many places, with fire and sword, taking the ships and lading from many of the honest and industrious inhabitants of this colony, employed in commerce, agreeable to the laws and customs a long time used here;


The sudden and abrupt departure of his excellency John Wentworth, esq. our late governor, and several of the council, leaving us destitute's legislation; and no executive courts being open to punish criminal offenders, whereby the lives and properties of the honest people of this colony are liable to the machinations and evil designs of wicked men : .

Therefore, for the preservation of peace and good order, and for the security of the lives and properties of the inhabitants of this colony, *e conceive ourselves reduced to the neceffity of establishing a Form of Government, to continue during the present unhappy and unnatural contest with Great-Britain; protesting and declaring, that we never sought to throw off our dependence upon Great-Britain, but selt ourselves happy under her protection, while we could enjoy our constitutional rights and privileges—* and that we shall rejoice, is such a reconciliation between us and our parent state can be effected as shall be approved by the Continental Congress, in whose prudence and wisdom we confide.

Accordingly, pursuant to the trust reposed in us, we do Resolve, that this congress assume the name, power, and authority df a House of Representatives or Assembly, for the colony of NewHampshire: and that said house then proceed to choose twelve persons, being reputable freeholders, and inhabitants within this colony, in the following manner, viz. five in the county of Rockingham, two in the county of StrarFord, two in the county of Hillsborough, two in the county of Cheshire, and one in the county of Grafton, to be a distinct and separate branch of the legislature, by the name of a council for this colony, to continue as such until the third Wednesday in December next; any seven of whom to be a quorum to do business.

That such council appoint their President ; and in his absence, that the senior councillor preside.

That a Secretary be appointed by both branches, who may be councillor, or otherwise, as they shall choose.

That no act or resolve be valid, and put into execution, unless agreed to and passed by both branches of the legislature. .

That all public officers for the said colony, and each county, for the current year, be appointed by the council and assembly, except the several clerks of the executive courts, who shall be appointed by the Justices of the respective courts.

That all bills, resolves, or votes for raising, levying and collecting roonev, originate in the house of representatives.

That at any seffions of the council and assembly, neitru*. branch shall ad'ourn for any longer time thai; from Saturday till the next Monday, without consent of the other.

'And it is surther Resolved, That is the present unhappy dispute

wi'.h Great-Britain should continue longer than this present

year, and the Continental Congress give no instructions or

3 directions directions to the contraYyj the council be chosen by the people of each respective county, in such manner as the council and house of representatives shall order.

That general and field officers of the militia, on any vacancy, be appointed by the two houses, and all inserior officers be chosen by the respective companies. .

That all officers of the army be appointed by the two houses, except they should direct otherwise in case of any emergency.

That all civil officers for the colony and for each county be appointed, and the time of their continuance in office be determined, bv the two houses, except clerks, and county treasurers, and recorders of deeds.

That a treasurer, and a recorder of deeds, for each county be' annually chosen, by the people of each county respectively; the votes for such officers to be returned to the respective courts of general seffions of the peace, in the county, there to be ascertained, as the council and assembly shall hereafter direct.

That precepts, in the name of the council and assembly', signed by the president of the council, and speaker of the house of representatives, shall issue annually, at or before the first day of November, for the choice of a council, and houseof representatives, to be returned by the third Wednesday in December then next ensuing, in such manner as the council and assembly shall hereafter prescribe.

lit the House ^representatives, September 19, 1776.

Voted aid Rtfilved,

THAT as any new towns or settlements in this state, shall increase in their number of inhabitants from year to year, or from time t6 time, precepts shall issue for their sending delegates to council and assembly, so as to be fully represented, according to their numbers, proportionable with other parts of the state. Sent up for Concurrence,

P. WHITE, Speaker.

In Council, Eodem Die.

Read and Concurred.

E. THOMPSON, Secretary.

Copy examined, per E. THOMPSON, Secretary.

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