The Mecklenburg Declaration
At a public meeting of the residents of Mecklenburg County, in the State of North Carolina, held at Charlotte on the 20th day of May, 1775, it was
"Resolved, That whenever directly or indirectly abetted, orin any way, form or manner countenanced, the unchartered and dangerous invasion of our rights, as claimed by Great Britain, is an enemy of our country -- to America -- and to the inherent and inalienable rights of man.
"Resolved, That we, the citizens of Mecklenburg County, do hereby dissolve the political bonds which have connected us to the mother-country, and hereby absolve ourselves from all allegiance to the British crown, and abjure all political connection, contract or association with that nation, which has wantonly trampled on our rights and liberties and inhumanly shed the blood of American patriots at Lexington.
"Resolved, That we do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people: are and of right ought to be a sovereign and self-governing association, under the control of no power other than that of our God and the general government of the Congress. To the maintenance of which independence we solemnly pledge to each other our mutual co-operation, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
[Two other resolutions in the same document, regarding administration of the law and regulating the militia have been omitted.]
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