In my last post, I wrote about how Patriots in Pomfret sent aid to the residents in Boston when they were being flooded by British soldiers. Many towns in CT wrote resolves against British influence and in support of the people of Boston when the British Parliament closed the Boston port. These resolves were made to show a whole town’s support against the British policies and forces.
On June 23, 1774, Pomfret declared its resolves, and the town adopted a resolution that they felt passionate about. This sentiment is expressed in the Resolves opening sentence: “The present situation of the American colonies … has become … of so serious
a nature that it calls aloud for the sentiments of every town and even every individual to be known and communicated.”
The key parts of the Resolves are “we therefore hereby assure our brethren that we will to the utmost of our abilities, contribute to the maintaining and supporting of our just rights and privileges, and to the removal of those evils already come upon us, and more particularly felt by the town of Boston.” The Resolves also declared that they would “encourage” “such a spirit of … frugality among ourselves” that they would not have any need for British goods. Furthermore, “we do resolve, that every person who shall hereafter send for, and impact any British manufactures from Great Britain, or trade or deal with any who shall do so, until the loyal subjects of America are restored to, and can enjoy their just rights and privileges, shall be deemed and treated by us an ungrateful enemy to America.” What that means is anyone who deals or trades with the British will be considered an enemy; it was at that point that the citizens against the British considered themselves wholly patriotic.
After the Resolves were made, three people from Pomfret were chosen to be the messengers between the towns and to communicate with other Committees of Correspondence. These people were Ebenezer Williams, Thomas Williams, and Samuel Crafts. The Committees of Correspondence was a “provisional Patriot emergency government” first formed in November 1772 in Boston by the Patriots to support opposition to British policies. They were also the way of communication between Patriots in the 13 colonies.
Larned, Ellen. History of Windham County Connecticut 1760-1880. Self-contained book, Swordsmith Productions, September 2000, Pomfret, CT 06258.