Fact Friday 436 - The Text of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

Fact Friday 436 - The Text of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

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This week's Fact Friday comes to you from the Mecklenburg Historical Association. 


From the Declaration of Independence by the Citizens of Mecklenburg County
(Raleigh: Published by the Governor, 1831), 13-14.

1. Resolved, That whoever directly or indirectly abetted, or in any way, form or manner, countenanced the unchartered and dangerous invasion of our rights, as claimed by Great Britain, is an enemy to this country – to America – and to the inherent and inalienable rights of man.

2. Resolved, That we the citizens of Mecklenburg county, do hereby dissolve the political bands 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, who have wantonly trampled on our rights and liberties — and inhumanly shed the innocent blood of American patriots at Lexington.

3. 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 most sacred honor.

4. Resolved, That as we now acknowledge the existence and control of no law or legal officer, civil or military, within this country, we do hereby ordain and adopt, as a rule of life, all, each and every of our former laws, wherein, nevertheless, the Crown of Great Britain never can be considered as holding rights, privileges, immunities, or authority therein.

5. Resolved, That it is also further decreed, that all, each and every military officer in this county, is hereby reinstated to his former command and authority, he acting conformably to these regulations.  And that every member present of this delegation shall henceforth be a civil officer, viz. a Justice of the Peace, in the character of a ‘Committee-man,’ to issue process, hear and determine all matters of controversy, according to said adopted laws, and to preserve peace, and union, and harmony, in said county, — and to use every exertion to spread the love of country and fire of freedom throughout America until a more general and organized government be established in this province.

To read more about the history of the Mecklenburg Declaration and the controversy surrounding it, check out the below Fact Fridays: 

Fact Friday 389 - The Mecklenburg Historical Society and Meck Dec Day

Fact Friday 40 - Scandal Over the "Meck Dec"

Fact Friday 344 - Meck Dec Revisited! - Powered by the Charlotte Museum of History



The Mecklenburg Declaration - Declaration Text, Mecklenburg Historical Society Website.  

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