Revolutionary War Association Test
Town of Bedford
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WE, the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage, and promise, that we will, to the utmost of our Power, at the Risque of our Lives and Fortunes, with ARMS, oppose the Hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets, and Armies, against the United American COLONIES.
John Wallace, Junr Wm Caldwell John Morrison Adam Dickey John Goffe John Moor, Junr Thomas Matthws John Burns William Burns William Moor James Houston Barnbass Kain Jacob McQuaid John Little Thomas Boies William White John McKinney Samuel Tirrell, Junr. Robert Morrel Nathaniel Patterson James Vose Hugh Campbell John McLaughlin Amaziah Pollard James Aikin James Smith Lt John Moor David Moor William Moor James Patterson Thos Maclaughlin Zechariah Chandler James Wallace James Caldwell James Matthes John Aiken Matthw Patten Daniel Moor Daniel Moor, Junr Robert Giffen Robert Burns John Brien James Moore Hugh Orr John McIntosh James Wyllie Thomas Galt Samll Vose Joseph Wallace Asa Barns William Kennedy Andrew Walker Robert Mathes George Coway James Mcallester John Gardner James Steel Whitefield Gillmor John Orr Joseph Houston James Gillmor David McClerey Matthew McDuffee Benjn Smith John Moor James Martin John Goffe, Jur Samuel Patten James Lien John Wallace James Walker John Hillery Joseph Bell Thomas Vickere Vose Samll Patten John Smith Stephen Franch John Riddle John Boies John Bell Robert Walker Patrick Larkin William McCleary Saml Fugard James Cairns Richard McAllster James Little
To the Honourable the Council and House of Representatives for the Colony of New Hampshire To be Conven'd at Exeter in Sd Colony on Wednesday the 5th Instant--
Pursueant to the within precept; we have taken pains to Know the Minds of the Inhabitants of the Town of Bedford, with Respect to the within Obligation, and find None unwilling to Sign the Same Except the Revernd John Houston, who Declines Signing the Said obligation, for the following Reasons, viz.
Firstly Because he did not apprehend that the Honble Committee meant that ministers Should Take up arms as Being inconsistant with their Ministerial Charge
2ndly Because he was already Confin'd to the County of Hillsborough therefore he thinks he Ought to be Set at liberty before he Should Sign the Sd obligation.
3rdly Because there is three men Belonging to his Family already Inlisted in the Continental army.
Bedford June ye 4th 1776 John Goffe} Select John Orr } Men
Source: "Miscellaneous Revolutionary Documents of New Hampshire, Vol. 30 State Papers Series", Albert Stillman Batchellor Litt. D, Editor of State Papers, Manchester, NH Printed for the State by the John B. Clarke Co. 1910.