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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Declaration of Independence, Mecklenburg, (search)
estions the authenticity of the declaration. The circumstances alleged under which this declaration was made known are, in brief, as follows: In the spring of 1775, Col. Adam Alexander called upon the people of Mecklenburg county to appoint delegates to a convention to devise ways and means to assist their brethren in Boston. The delegates met in Charlotte on May 19, almost immediately after the receipt of news of the battle of Lexington. Colonel Alexander was elected chairman, and John McKnitt Alexander clerk of the convention. After a free and full discussion of the various objects for which the convention had been called, it was unanimously ordained: 1. Resolved, that whosoever directly or indirectly abetted, or in any way, form, or manner, countenanced the unchartered and dangerous invasions of our rights, as claimed by Great Britain, is an enemy to this country, to American, and to the inherent and inalienable rights of man. 2. Resolved, that we, the citizens of Mecklen