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Collection Reference Number GLC00753
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1777 
Title Act of Assembly constituting a Council of Safety
Date 14 March 1777
Author Hart, John (1708-1780)  
Additional authors Stevens, John (1715-1792)
Document Type Government document
Content Description 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."
Subjects Government and Civics  Revolutionary War  Law  Militia  Loyalist  
People 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)  
Place written Trenton, New Jersey
Theme Government & Politics; Law; The American Revolution; Creating a New Government
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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