Editor’s Note: Prizing both brevity and independence as virtues in composition, Gageborough, MA, joins the 1776 declaration bandwagon on June, 7, 1776

Gageborough, MA, Declaration of Independence 

At a meeting of the inhabitants of the town of Gageborough, agreeable to a resolve of the House of Representatives, of June 7, 1776, requesting the several Towns in this Colony to show their sentiments respecting the Independence of the Colonies:

MR. STEPHEN WARREN, Moderator.

    Resolved, nem. con., That, if the honourable Congress, agreeable to the earnest desire of this Town, for the safety of the Colonies, shall declare them independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain, they (the inhabitants) will cheerfully, to the utmost of their power, support them in the measure.

Source: American Archives, 6th series, Peter Force, Editor, 1843 (p. 704)

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Further reading:

American Scripture: The Making of the Declaration of Independence, Pauline Maier, New York: Vintage, 1998