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Governors, and de-
governors, and de-

his Protection, and claring us, out of his claring us out of his waging war against Allegiance and Pro- allegiance and pro- US :tection.

tection. He has plundered He has plundered He has plundered our Seas, ravaged seas, ravaged

seas, ravaged Coasts, burnt

coasts, burnt

our Coasts, our towns, and de- our towns and de

our towns, and destroyed the Lives of stroyed the lives of stroyed the Lives of our People. our people :

our people. He is at this Time He is at this time He is at this time transporting large transporting large transporting large Armies of foreign armies of foreign

of foreign Armies of foreign Mercenaries to com- mercenaries to com- Mercenaries to plete the Works of plete the works of compleat the works death, Desolation, death, desolation of death, desolaand Tyranny, al- and tyranny already tion, and tyranny, ready begun with begun with circum- already begun with Circumstances of stances of cruelty circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy and perfidy un- cruelty and perfidy unworthy the Head worthy the head of scarcely paralleled of a civilized Nation. a civilized nation : in the most bar

barous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized

nation. He has endeav- He has endeav- He has excited oured to bring on ored to bring on domestic insurrecthe Inhabitants of the inhabitants of tion among us, and our Frontiers, the our frontiers the has endeavoured to merciless Indian merciless Indian sav. bring on the inhabSavages, whose ages, whose known

itants of our fronknown Rule of War- rule of warfare is an tiers, the merciless fare is an undistin- undistinguished de- Indian Savages, guished Destruction struction of all ages, whose known rule of all Ages, Sexes, sexes, and condi- of warfare, is an and Conditions of tions of existence. undistinguished deexistence.

struction of all ages, persons of distant distant People who people, who never never offended him,

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He has incited He has incited sexes and conditreasonable Insur- treasonable insur tions. rections of our Fel- rections of low Citizens, with fellow-citizens, with the allurement of the allurements of Forfeiture and Con- forfeiture and confiscation of our fiscation of Property.

property :

He has constrained He has constrained others, takep captive our fellow citizens on the high seas to taken Captive on bear arms against the high Seas, to their country, to be- bear arms against come the execution- their Country, to beers of their friends come the executionand brethren, or to ers of their friends fall themselves by and Brethren, or to their hands :

fall themselves by He has waged

He has waged their Hands. cruel War against cruel war against human Nature it- human nature itself, self, violating its violating its most most sacred Rights sacred rights of life of Life and Liberty and liberty in the in the Persons of a

offended him, capcaptivating and car- tivating and carryrying them into Slav- ing them into slavery ery in another Hemi- in another hemissphere, or to incur phere, or to incur miserable Death, in miserable death in their Transportation their transportation thither. This pira- thither. This piratitical Warfare, the cal warfare, the opopprobrium of infi- probrium of infidel del Powers, is the powers, is the war. Warfare of the fare of the Christian

Christian King of king of Great Brit-
Great Britain. ain. Determined to

He has prostituted keep open a market his Negative for where Men should Suppressing every be bought and sold, legislative Attempt he has prostituted to prohibit or to re- his negative for supstrain an execrable pressing every legisCommerce, deter- lative

attempt to mined to keep open prohibit or to rea Markett where strain this execrable Men should be commerce : and that bought and sold. this assemblage of and that this assem- horrors might want blage of Horrors no fact of distinmight want no Fact guished dye, he is of distinguished Die now exciting those

He is now excit- very people to rise ing those very Peo- in arms among us, ple to rise in Arms and to purchase that among us, and to liberty of which he purchase their Lib- has deprived them erty of which he has by murdering the deprived them, by people upon whom murdering the Peo- he also obtruded ple upon whom he them; thus paying also obtruded them: off former crime thus paying off, committed against former Crimes com- the liberties of one mitted against the people, with crimes Liberties of one which he urges them People, with Crimes to commit against which he urges them the lives of another. to commit against the Lives of another.

In every stage of In every stage of In every stage of these oppressions we these oppressions these Oppressions have petitioned for we have petitioned We have Petitioned

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redress, in the most for redress in the for Redress in the humble Terms; our most humble terms; most humble terms : repeated Petitions our repeated peti- Our repeated Petihave been answered tions have been an- tions have been anby repeated Injury. swered only by re- swered only by reA Prince, whose peated injuries. A

peated injuries. A peated injuries. Character is thus prince whose char- A Prince whose marked by every

acter is thus marked character is thus Act which may de- by every act which

marked by every fine a Tyrant, is un- may define a tyrant, act which may defit to be the Ruler is unfit to be the fine a Tyrant, is unof a People who ruler of a people fit to be the ruler of mean to be free.- who mean to be free. a free people. future ages will Future ages

will scarce believe, that scarce believe that the Hardiness of the hardiness of one one Man, adven

adventured tured, within the within the short Short Compass of

compass of twelve twelve years only, years only, to build on so many Acts of foundation, so Tyranny, without a broad and undisMask, over a Peo- guised for tyranny ple, fostered and over a people fosfixed in the Princi- tered and fixed in ples of Liberty. principles of free

dom. Nor have we been Nor have we been Nor have We been wanting in Atten- wanting in atten- wanting in attentions to our British tions to our British tions to our British Brethren. We have brethren. We have brethren. We have warned them from warned them from warned them from Time to Time of time to time of at- time to time of atattempts of their

tempts by their tempts by their Legislature to legislature to extend legislature to extend tend a Jurisdiction unwarrantable unwarrantable over these our jurisdiction over jurisdiction over us. States. We have these

states. We have reminded






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