Letter to the President of Congress

  Sir: The result of the proceedings of the grand Convention of the Officers, which…

To the President of Congress

  Sir: It is with inexpressible concern, I make the followg Report to your Excellency.…

The Regulations Lately Made

The Revenue that may be raised by the Duties which have been already, or by…

Virginia Resolves of 1773

Whereas, the minds of his Majesty…s faithful Subjects in this Colony have been much disturbed,…

Virginia Constitution

We… the delegates and representatives of the good people of Virginia, having maturely considered the…

The Virginia Resolves of 1769

Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, that the sole Right of imposing…

The Virginia Resolves of 1765

Resolved, That the first Adventures and Settlers of this his Majesty’s Colony and Dominion of…

The Treaty of Paris

In the Name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.…

The Townshend Revenue Act

WHEREAS it is expedient that a revenue should be raised, in your Majesty’s dominions in…

The Tea Act

…Be it enacted…That there shall be drawn back and allowed for all teas, which, from…

The Sugar Act

WHEREAS it is expedient that new provisions and regulations should be established for improving the…

The Stamp Act

An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British…

The Resolves of Parliament

Resolved…That the Votes, Resolutions, and Proceedings of the House of Representatives of Massachuset’s Bay, in…

The Quartering Act

WHEREAS in and by and act made in the present session of parliament, intituled, An…

The New York Suspending Act

WHEREAS an act of parliament was made in the fifth year of his present Majesty’s…

The French Alliance

The Most Christian King and the United States of North America, to wit: New Hampshire,…

The Declaratory Act

An act for the better securing the dependency of his Majesty’s dominions in America upon…

The Currency Act

WHEREAS great quantities of paper bills of credit have been created and issued in his…

The Annual Register

Such was the unfortunate issue of the northern campaign: The event of an expedition which…

Strictures Upon the Declaration

My Lord, The last time I had the honor of being in your Lordship’s company,…

The Rights of the Colonies Examined

Liberty is the greatest blessing that men enjoy, and slavery the heaviest curse that human…

A Discourse on the Love of Our Country

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I…

The Rights of Colonists

I. Natural Rights of the Colonists as Men. Among the natural rights of the Colonists…

Samuel Adams to James Warren

My Dear Sir,-A few days ago a small expedition was made by the authority of…

An Inquiry into the Rights of the British Colonies

SIR, I take the Liberty to address you, as the Author of “The Regulations lately…

Resolves of the Virginia Convention

Forasmuch as all the endeavors of the United Colonies, by the most decent representations and…

Resolves of the New York Sons of Liberty

TO THE PUBLIC New York, December 15, 1773 The following association is signed by a…

Resolves for Independence

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent…

Resolves and Recommendations of Congress

Whereas his Britannic Majesty, in conjunction with the lords and commons of Great Britain, has,…

Report of a Committee of the Town of Boston

IT may be a proper introduction to this narrative, briefly to represent the state of…

Quebec Act

…Be it enacted… That all the territories, islands, and countries in North America, belonging to…

Quartering Act

WHEREAS doubts have been entertained, whether troops can be quartered otherwise than in barracks, in…

Proclamation of George III

Whereas many of Our Subjects in divers Parts of Our Colonies and Plantations in North…

Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution

HAVING, from pure conviction, taken a warm part in favour of the British colonies (now…

Pennsylvania Constitution

SECTION 1. The commonwealth or state of Pennsylvania shall be governedhereafter by an assembly of…

On the Right to Rebel Against Governors (Election Day Sermon)

PUT THEM IN MIND TO BE SUBJECT TO PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS, TO OBEY MAGISTRATES, TO…

Olive Branch Petition

Most Gracious Sovereign: We, your Majesty’s faithful subjects in the Colonies of…. Attached to your…

New York Petition to the House of Commons

THAT from the year 1683, to this Day, there have been three Legislative Branches in…

Sermons

I. CORRINTH. Chap. VII. Ver. 21. Art thou called being a servant? Care not for…

Message of the Pennsylvania Assembly

… we cannot admit of Amendments to a Money Bill like this; Amendments not founded…

Memoirs of Sir Nathaniel Wraxall

During the whole month of November, the concurring accounts which were transmitted to Government, enumerating…

Memoirs of Alexander Graydon

Among the disaffected in Philadelphia, Doctor Kearsley was pre-eminently ardent and rash. An extremely zealous…

Massachusetts Government Act

WHEREAS by letters patent under the great seal of England, made in the third year…

A Short Discourse on the Present State of the Colonies

… When either by Conquest or Encrease of People, Foreign Provinces are possessed, & Colonies…

Journal of Peter Van Schaak

The only foundation of all legitimate governments is certainly a compact between the rulers and…

Journal of Arthur Lee

My colleagues did not reach Versailles till half after eleven o’clock, when, upon sending notice…

Joseph Hawley to Elbridge Gerry

My Dear Sir, The tories dread a declaration of independency and a course of conduct…

Upon the Peace

He maketh Peace in thy Borders, and filleth Thee with the Flower of Wheat. A…

Henry Knox to his Wife

Trenton is an open town, situated nearly on the banks of the Delaware, accessible on…

Letter to Joseph Jones

Dear Sir: In the course of a few days Congress will, I expect, receive an…
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