Journals of the Continental Congress

Second Continental Congress: May 17, 1775

May 17, 1775

Congress considers enforcing the 14th Article of the Association to curtail British fishing activity near Newfoundland.  Is this part of restoration diplomacy by economic means or is it another step in the direction of independence?

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Journals of the Continental Congress [Edited]

“Resolved unanimously, That all exportations to Quebec, Nova Scotia, the Island of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Georgia, except the Parish of St. John’s, and to East and West Florida immediately cease, and that no provisions of any kind, or other necessaries be furnished to the British Fisheries on the American coasts until it be otherwise determined by the Congress.”  This resolution was ordered to be published immediately.

Adjourned till tomorrow at 9 o’Clock.

John Hancock to Thomas Cushing

If it [the Resolve] is not Independence, it looks a good deal like it.  We must come to it.

Edited with commentary by Gordon Lloyd.