Oath of Secrecy

Background of the American Revolution


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In prepartion for war, the members of the Second Continental Congress bind themselves to secrecy.

… and that if any member shall violate this agreement he shall be expelled from this Congress & deemed an enemy to the liberties of America …

Oath of Secrecy.

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In Congress Novr. 9th“: 1775.

RESOLVED, That every member of this Congress, consider himself, under the ties of virtue, honor and love of his country, not to divulge directly or indirectly any matter or thing agitated or debated in Congress before the same shall have been determined in Congress; nor any matter determined in Congress which a majority of the Congress shall order to be kept secret, and that if any member shall violate this agreement he shall be expelled from this Congress & deemed an enemy to the liberties of America and liable to be treated as such & that every member signify his assent to this agreement by signing the same.

Jas. Duane John Hancock
Lewis Morris Josiah Bartlett
Frans. Lewis John Langdon
Wm. Floyd Thomas Cushing
Robt R Livingston junr Saml Adams
Henry Wisner John Adams
Stepn. Crane Robt Treat Paine
Wil: Livingston Step. Hopkins
Thos. Willing Sam. Ward
Andw. Allen Elipht Dyer
C: Humphreys Roger Sherman
James Wilson Silas Deane
Robt Morris
B Franklin
John Dickinson
E Biddle

Ths Johnson [J]unr Thos M:Kean
Wm Paca Geo: Read
Samuel Chase Caesar Rodney
John Jay
Richard Henry Lee Richd: Smith (Jersey)
Philada. 18 Jany. 1776
Th: Jefferson Saml. Huntington
Benja Harrison Robt. Alexander
Thos Nelson jr Oliver Wolcott
G. Wythe J Rogers
Francis Lightfoot Lee Elbridge Gerry
John Penn
Will Hooper T: Stone
Joseph Hewes Nov. 10th. Jona D Sergeant
Geo: Clinton
Tho Lynch Wm: Whipple
Christ Gadsden Mat. Tilghman
Edward Rutledge Carter Braxton
Archd: Bulloch Thos. Heyward Junr:
John Houstoun May 20th Lyman Hall
Thomas Lynch Junr.        20th Button Gwinnett
Arthur Middleton William Ellery
Fras. Hopkinson 28 June Jno Witherspoon

Abra: Clark
Geo Walton
John Hart
B Rush. 22 July 1776
Wm. Williams, 30 July 1776
Geo. Clymer
Chas. Carroll
Jonathn. Elmer
Mann Page Junr.
Nathan Brownson Feb. 3d 1777
Matthew Thornton
James Lovell
Thos. Burke
W: Smith
Wm: Duer June 5th: 1777
Nichs. VanDyke
Hy Marchant
Geo: Frost

 


      Oath of Secrecy (November 9, 1775).
Read the Manuscript.

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