A declaration of freedom

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 8:45pm

From an article written by Samuel W. Mendum titled

“Block Island” and published in New England Magazine in August 1897:

“Probably no body of Americans exhibited more admirable courage than the inhabitants of Block Island at the outbreak of the Revolution. When they unhesitatingly cast in their lot with the Colonials, it must have seemed even to themselves that they were to be subjugated to incessant danger from their exposed and defenseless position.”

“A town meeting was held, March 2, 1774, with John Sands, Esq., as moderator. Among the resolves passed at that meeting were the following:

“‘We, the inhabitants of this town, being legally convened in town meeting, do firmly resolve, as the opinion of said town, that the Americans have as good a right to be as free a people as any upon the earth, and to enjoy at all times an uninterrupted possession of their rights and properties. That a tax on the inhabitants of America, without their consent, is a measure absolutely destructive of their freedom, tending to enslave and impoverish all who tamely submit to it. That we will heartily unite with our American brethren in supporting the inhabitants of this Continent in all their just rights and privileges.’”

According to Mendum: “Here was as good a declaration of independence as the famous document signed at Philadelphia two years later.”