History of the Town of Smithfield [R.I.]: From Its Organization, in 1730-1, to Its Division, in 1871

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E.L. Freeman & Company, printers, 1881 - Lincoln (R.I.) - 230 pages
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Page 9 - Together with full Power and Authority to rule themselves, and such others as shall hereafter inhabit within any Part of the said Tract of land, by such a Form of Civil Government, as by voluntary consent of all, or the greater Part of them, they shall find most suitable to their Estate and Condition...
Page 5 - We whose names are hereunder, desirous to inhabit in the town of Providence, do promise to subject ourselves in active or passive obedience to all such orders or agreements as shall be made for public good of the body, in an orderly way, by the major assent of the present inhabitants, masters of families, incorporated together into a town fellowship, and such others whom they shall admit unto them, only in civil things.
Page 15 - State, was, as they expressed it, to hold forth a lively experiment, that a flourishing civil State may stand and be best maintained with full liberty in religious concernments...
Page 56 - Thursday, the town sent a committee to enquire what the country demanded, whereupon they were informed, that the country had no objection to the celebration of any occasion except that of the new constitution or, its adoption by any of the states ; on which it was agreed, that a committee from each party should meet in the morning, with an endeavor to accommodate matters to the satisfaction of the country. Accordingly the committees were chosen and met at about 7 or 8 o'clock in the morning.
Page 9 - Part of them, shall by free Consent agree unto. Provided nevertheless, that the said Laws, Constitutions, and Punishments, for the Civil Government of the said Plantations, be conformable to the Laws of England, so far as the Nature and Constitution of the place will admit.
Page 37 - ... colonies, for exerting their whole strength and force to annoy the common enemy, and to secure to the said colonies, their rights and liberties, both civil and religious...
Page 36 - An act for the more effectually 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his subjects, in this his colony and dominion of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,' be, and the same is hereby repealed.
Page 37 - ... and further they were empowered, in conjunction with the delegates of the other colonies, " to enter into and adopt all such measures; taking the greatest care to secure to this colony, in the strongest and most perfect manner, its present established form, and all the powers of government, so far as relate to its internal police and conduct of our own affairs, civil and religious.

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