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Last week the E-sylum quoted an article that we published from CoinWeek contributing writer David Provost about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. In that piece, Provost wrote that no contemporary newspaper accounts of the event had been found. E-Sylum readers responded.
On Contemporary Newspaper Accounts of the Mecklenburg Declaration…
John Lupia submitted the following. -Editor
The Mecklenburg County Resolves were published in theNew York Journal, June 29, 1775.
“Charlotte Town, Mecklenburg County, May 31, 1775. This day the Committee of the County met and passed the following Resolves: WHEREAS by an Address presented to his Majesty by both Houses of Parliament, in February last . . .
See New York Journal, Thursday, June 29, 1775, page 2
See also Daniel Augustus Tompkins, History of Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte from 1740 to 1903. (Charlotte : Observer Printing House, 1903) : 4
And Edwin Wiley, Irving Everett Rines, Albert Bushnell Hart, eds., Lectures on the growth and development of the United States …, (American Educational Alliance, 1916) Volume 2 : 358-359
John Lupia explains:
The date May 31 is the published date at Charlotte-Town, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
“Charlotte Town, Mecklenburg County, May 31, 1775. This day the Committee of the County met and passed the following Resolves:
WHEREAS by an Address presented to his Majesty by both Houses of Parliament, in February last, the American colonies are declared to be in a state of actual rebellion, we conceive, that all laws and commissions confirmed by, or derived from the authority of the King or Parliament, are annulled vacated, and the former civil constitution of these colonies, for the present, wholly suspended. To provide in some degree, for the exigencies of this country, in the present alarming period, we deem it proper and necessary to pass the following Resolves, viz,
I. That all commissions, civil and military, heretofore granted by the Crown, to be exercised in these colonies, are null and void, and the constitution of each particular colony wholly suspended.
II. That the Provincial Congress of each province, under the direction of the great Continental Congress, is invested with all the legislative and executive powers, does, or can exist, at this time, in any of these colonies.
III. As all former laws are now suspended in this province, and the Congress have not yet provided others, we judged it necessary, for the better preservation of good order, to form certain rules and regulations for the internal government of this country, until laws shall be provided for us by the Congress.
IV That the inhabitants of this county do meet on a certain day appointed by this Committee, and having formed themselves into nine companies (to wit) eight in the country, and one in the town of Charlotte, do choose a Colonel and other military officers . . .”
To read the complete text of the Resolves, see: The Charlotte Town Resolves; May 31, 1775
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