Marshfield Fathers of the Revolution.
It appears that in 1774 (the year preceeding the Revolution), through the influence of Nathaniel Ray Thomas, a noted Tory, the town of Marshfield by a majority of only one vote passed a resolution, before mentioned, against the doings of Boston patriots in throwing the tea overboard in the Boston Harbor. Accordingly, not long after this Tory act was passed by the town, a company of patriots, prominent citizens, who might be styled the Marshfield Fathers of the Revolution, issued, after signing their names in bold relief [as did the signers later to the Declaration of Independence] to the following protest against the town's Tory action:
"We the subscribers think ourselves obliged in faithfulness to the community, ourselves & posterity, on every proper occasion to bear our public testimony against every measure calculated to destroy that harmony and unanimity which subsists through the Colonies & so eventually to the destruction of those liberties wherewith the Author of nature & our happy Constitution has made us free. Were they not already notorious, it would give us uneasiness to mention the Resolves which were voted in this town the 31st of January last. To the first of these resolves we do not object; but do heartily join in recognizing our loyalty & subjection to the King of Great Britain and our readiness to be ever subject to the laws of our Legislature. In their second Resolve, they say that the measures and proceedings in the town of Boston in the detention & destruction of the teas, belonging to the East India Co. are illegal, unjust & of a
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