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title:“Resolution Denying Governor Eden a Safe-Conduct Pass”
authors:George Mason
date written:1776-5-31

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Mason, George. "Resolution Denying Governor Eden a Safe-Conduct Pass." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 1. Ed. Bernard Bailyn and James Morton Smith. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 293. Print.
Manuscript, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Va.

Resolution Denying Governor Eden a Safe-Conduct Pass (May 31, 1776)

[31 May 1776]
Sundry proceedings of the Convention of the Province of Maryland, respecting the Letters from Lord George Germain to Governour Eden, which had been intercepted in Virginia, and transmitted to the Maryland Council of Safety, to give them timely Notice of the Duplicity and dangerous Designs of the said Governour[, ] And Resolutions containing a Request and Permission to the said Governour to depart the said Province unmolested, with all his effects, with a Passport for that Purpose, under colour of his being obliged, whilst he remains, to obey the Mandates of the British Ministry, altho the President of their Council of State, upon whom the said Resolutions declare the Government devolves, in the Absence of the Governour, will be equally under the same Obligation which proves the necessity of changing their present Government, instead of continueing it, contrary to the Resolves and Recommendations of the General Continental Congress; together with the Copy of an Address to the said Governour, and a Letter from the President of the said Convention to the President of the Committee of Safety here, desiring a like Passport from Virginia, being laid before this Committe Resolved, as the opinion of this Committee, that the said Proceedings, Resolutions, and Address, have been obtained thro the undue Influence of the proprietary Interest and present Government in the said Province of Maryland; that they tend to dissolve the Union upon which alone the Salvation of American Liberty depends; and therefore, that this Convention will not in any Manner be accessory to the same, nor grant any permission or passport to the said Governour Eden, or his Retinue, to pass through Virginia.
Resolved also, that a Copy of the said Proceedings, Resolutions, and Address, of the Maryland Convention, together with this Resolve, be forthwith printed in the Virginia Gazette.

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