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    wouldn t you like this law in your forum ? These are retained rights without a doubt. ======================================== *DECLARATION AND RESOLVES OF
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      wouldn't you like this law in your forum ? These are retained rights
      without a doubt.


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      *DECLARATION AND RESOLVES OF THE FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESS*

      OCTOBER 14, 1774

      Declaration of rights in Congress, at Philadelphia

      Whereas, since the close of the last war, the British parliament,
      claiming a power of right to bind the people of America by statute in
      all cases whatsoever, hath, in some acts expressly imposed taxes on
      them, and in others, under various pretenses, but in fact for the
      purpose of raising a revenue, hath imposed rates and duties payable in
      these colonies, established a board of commissioners with
      unconstitutional powers, and extended the jurisdiction of courts of
      Admiralty not only for collecting the said duties, but for the trial of
      causes merely arising within the body of a country.

      And whereas, in consequence of other statutes, judges, who before held
      only estates at will in their offices, have been made dependant on the
      crown alone for their salaries, ........................


      [ The Intolerable Acts............]
      And whereas, in the last session of parliament, three statutes were
      made; one entitled, "/An act to discontinue, in such manner and for such
      time as are therein mentioned, the landing and discharging, lading, or
      shipping of goods, wares and merchandise, at the town, and within the
      harbour of Boston, in the province of Massachusetts-Bay in North
      America/;" another entitled, "/An act for the impartial administration
      of justice, in the cases of persons questioned for any act done by them
      in the execution of the law, or the suppression of riots and tumults, in
      the province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England/;" and another
      statute was then made, "/for making more effectual provision for the
      government of the province of Quebec, etc./" All which statutes are
      impolitic, unjust, and cruel, as well as unconstitutional, and most
      dangerous and destructive of American rights:
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      The good people of the several colonies of New-Hampshire,
      Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut,
      New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Newcastle, Kent, and Sussex on
      Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, justly
      alarmed at these arbitrary proceedings of parliament and administration,
      have severally elected, constituted, and appointed deputies to meet, and
      sit in general Congress, in the city of Philadelphia, in order to obtain
      such establishment, as that their religion, laws, and liberties, may not
      be subverted: Whereupon the deputies so appointed being now assembled,
      in a full and free representation of these colonies, taking into their
      most serious consideration, the best means of attaining the ends
      aforesaid, do, in the first place, as Englishmen, their ancestors in
      like cases have usually done, for asserting and vindicating their rights
      and liberties, DECLARE,..........................
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      That the inhabitants of the English colonies in North America, by the
      immutable laws of nature, the principles of the English constitution,
      and the several charters or compacts, have the following
      RIGHTS:...................


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      Resolved, N. C. D. That the following acts of parliament are
      infringements and violations of the rights of the colonists; and that
      the repeal of them is essentially necessary, in order to restore harmony
      between Great Britain and the American colonies, viz. ...........

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      Also the three acts passed in the last session or parliament, for
      stopping the port and blocking up the harbour of Boston, for altering
      the charter and government of Massachusetts-Bay, and that which is
      entitled, "/An act for the better administration of justice, etc./"
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