COLONEL BURBECK TO COLONEL
Cambridge, April 12, 1776.
SIR: I see, by your instructions from his
Excellency, I am ordered to New-York directly. When I came out of Boston, the
Provincial Congress voted me one hundred and fifty pounds during the war, and four shillings
sterling a day for life. It would be ungenerous for me to leave their service, as they have
provided so well for me. If I leave their service, the four shillings a day is lost to me. As 1
am advanced in years, I am unwilling to part with it.
I am not able to set out directly to New-York, because I am finishing
the drafts for cannon, mortars, and carriages, for the Province.
I hope, sir, the above will excuse me for not complying with your orders.
|Your humble servant,
|| WILLIAM BURBECK.
To Colonel Henry Knox.
DECLARATION BY THE INHABITANTS OF
||Colony of New-Hampshire, in Committee of Safety,
April 12, 1776.
To the Selectmen of . . . . . . .
In order to carry the underwritten Resolve of the honourable Continental
Congress into execution, you are requested to desire all Males, above twenty-one years of age,
(Luna-ticks, Idiots, and Negroes excepted,) to sign the Declaration on this paper; and, when so
done, to make return thereof, together with the name, or names, of all who shall refuse to sign
the same, to the General Assembly, or Committee of Safety of this Colony.
M. WEARE, Chairman.
In Congress, March 14, 1776.
Resolved, That it be recommended to the several Assemblies,
Conventions, and Councils, or Committees of Safety, of the United Colonies, immediately to cause
all persons to be disarmed, within their respective Colonies, who are notoriously disaffected to
the cause of America, or who have not associated, and refuse to associate, to defend, by
Arms, the United Colonies, against the hostile attempts of the British Fleets and
Extract from the Minutes:
Charles Thomson, Secretary.
In consequence of the above Resolution of the Continental Congress, and to
show our determination in joining our American brethren in defending the lives, liberties,
and properties of the inhabitants of the United Colonies:
We, the subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage, and promise, that we will, to
the utmost of our power, at the risk of our lives and fortunes, with arms, oppose the hostile
proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies against the United American
John Shepard, Jun.,
Joseph Prince, Jun.,
William Fisk, Jun.,
William Small, Jun.,
William Peabody, Jr.,
Jona. Wilkins, Jun.,
Jacob Curtice, Jun.,
Joseph Steel, Jun.,
Benj. Hopkins, Jun.,
Nathan Jones, Jun.,
Amos Flint, Jun.,
Nath. Hutchinson, Jr.
|Israel Town, Jun.,
John Kendell, Jun.,
John Burns, Jun.,
Thos. Wakefield, Jr.,
Ebenezer Holt, Jun.,
Thomas Averall, Jr.,
William Odell, Jun.,
Wm. Millondy, Jun.,
To the Honourable the Committee of Safety for the State of NEW-HAMPSHIRE, or the General Assembly
Pursuant to the request on this paper from the Committee of Safety, &c.,
to us directed, we have invited those persons therein mentioned, to sign the Declaration on this
paper, &c.; and all that have seen it have signed, except Joshua Atherton, Esq., Mr.
Daniel Campbell, Mr. Samuel Dodge, and Colonel John Shepard.
||Selectmen of Amherst.
Refused to sign, Edhall Burgen.
John Burrough, Jun.,
Simon Basely, Jun.,
Nathan L. Rust,
Abraham Brown, Jr.,
Jon. Shepard, Jun.,
Nath. S Prentiss,
To the Honourable the General Assembly of the Colony of
This may certify your Honours, that Simon Baxter, Samuel Chandler, John
Thomson, and Samuel Miller, have refused to sign the within Association Agreement.
Certified by us,
||Selectmen of Alstead.
Henry Silsby, Jun.
||Selectmen of Acworth.