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Act of Renunciation, 1776

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Title

Act of Renunciation, 1776

Subject

Rhode Island. General Assembly

Description

The Act of Renunciation addressed from the Rhode Island General Assembly to King George III, 1776.

Creator

Rhode Island. General Assembly

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1776

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An Act repealing an Act entitled “An Act for the effectual securing to His Majesty
the Allegiance of His Subjects in this His Colony and Dominion of Rhode Island and Providence
Plantations” and altering the Form of Commissions of all Writs and
Processes in the Courts, and of the Oaths prescribed by Law.

Whereas George the Third King of Great Britain entirely departing from the
Duties and Character of a good King instead of protecting is endeavouring to
destroy the good People of this Colony and of all the United Colonies by sending
Fleets and Armies to America to confiscate our Property and spread Fire Sword
and Desolation throughout our Country in order to compel us to submit to the most
debasing and detestable Slavery And whereas Protection and Allegiance are
reciprocal, the latter being only due in Consequence of the former:

And Be it further Enacted by this General Assembly, and by the Authority
thereof It is Enacted that in all Commissions for Offices Civil and Military
and in all Writs and Processes in Law whether original, judicial or executory
civil or criminal
^ wherever the Name and Authority of the said King is made Use of the same
shall be omitted and in the Room thereof the Name and Authority of the
Governor and Company of this Colony shall be substituted in the following
Words to wit: “The Governor and Company of the English Colony of Rhode
Island and Providence Plantations” That all such Commissions
Writs and Processes shall be otherwise of the same Form and Tenor as they
nor considered as
heretofore were: That the Courts of Law be no longer entitled ^ the Kings
Courts: And that no Instrument in Writing of any Nature or Kind,
whether publick or private, shall in the Date thereof mention the Year of
the said King’s Reign: Provided nevertheless, That nothing in this Act
contained shall render void or vitiate any Commission, Writ, Process or
Instrument, heretofore made or executed, on Account of the Name and
Authority of the said King being therein inserted.
or Engagements
And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the Oaths ^
to be administered to the Officers appointed in this Colony shall be as follows, to wit

General Officers

“You being by the free Vote of the Freemen of this Colony of Rhode Island
and Providence Plantations elected unto the Place of do solemly
engage to be true and faithful unto this said Colony, and in your said Office equal
Justice to do unto all Persons, poor and rich, within this Jurisdiction, to the utmost of
your Skill and Ability, without Partiality, according to the Laws established, or that
may be established, by the General Assembly of this Colony, as well in Matters military
as civil: And this Engagement you make and give upon the Peril of the Penalty of
Perjury.”




[The next two paragraphs are the replacement for the stricken out paragraph in the original document. These replacement paragraphs appear on a separate page in the original document.]

Whereas in all States existing by Compact Protection and
allegiance are reciprocal the latter being only due in Consequence
of the former: And Where as George the Third King of Britain
forgetting his dignity, regardless of the Compact most solemly
entered into ratified & confirmed to the Inhabitants of this Colony
by his illustrious Ancestors- and till of late fully recognized
by him and entirely departing from the duties and Character
of a good king- instead of Protecting is endeavoring to destroy
the good people of this Colony, and of all the united Colonies
confiscate our Property and
by sending Fleets and Armies to America ^ to spread Fire, Sword
and Desolation throughout our Country in order to
compel us to submit to the debasing and detestable Tyranny
and it becomes our highest Duty
whereby we are obliged by necessity ^ to use every means with
which God and Nature have furnished us, in support of
our invaluable rights, & privileges
to opposed that Power which is exerted only for our
destruction
Be it therefore Enacted by this General Assembly and by the Authority thereof
it is Enacted that an Act entitled “An Act for the more effectual securing to His
Majesty the Allegiance of his Subjects in this His Colony and Dominion of Rhode Island
and Providence Plantations” be and the same is hereby repealed.

Original Format

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Citation

Rhode Island. General Assembly, "Act of Renunciation, 1776," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #68, http://www.sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/68 (accessed April 23, 2014).