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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1777
|Act of Assembly constituting a Council of Safety
|14 March 1777
|Hart, John (1708-1780)
|Stevens, John (1715-1792)
|Written by Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, as speaker of the New Jersey Assembly. Also signed by Stevens as Vice President of the New Jersey Assembly. Establishes a committee of safety to govern New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. Lists members of the newly created Council of Safety, including among others, John Cleves Symmes, Silas Condict, Dick Samuel, and Nathaniel Scudder, who were all members of the Continental Congress. Has 10 sections that describe how the council will work. Allows the body to operate under a quorum of five and appoints the governor as President of the council. Gives members of the council powers of justice of the peace in criminal mattes. Allows governor and council to apprehend anyone against the government. Governor and council to call out the militia. Last item says this legislation will be in effect for six months. Marked "A True Copy."
|Government and Civics Revolutionary War Law Militia Loyalist
|Hart, John (1708-1780) Stevens, John (1715-1792) Symmes, John Cleves (1742-1814) Condict, Silas (1738-1801) Samuel, Dick (1740-1812) Scudder, Nathaniel (1733-1781)
|Trenton, New Jersey
|Government & Politics; Law; The American Revolution; Creating a New Government
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Hart was elected to the Continental Congress from New Jersey in 1776 and signed the Declaration of Independence. He wrote this as speaker of the New Jersey Assembly. Stevens was Vice President of the New Jersey Assembly.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859