The Tryon Resolves were a declaration adopted by citizens of Tryon County in the
Province of North Carolina in the early days of the American Revolution. In the
Resolves, adopted in response to the Battle of Lexington, the signers vowed
resistance to coercive actions by the British Empire against its North American
colonies. The document was signed on August 14, 1775, predating the United States
Declaration of Independence by almost 11 months.
The Tryon Resolves were among the earliest of many local colonial declarations against
the British government. Other similar declarations from the same period include the
Mecklenburg Resolves adopted in nearby Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and the
Suffolk Resolves adopted in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
As tensions between the North American colonies and the British government increased,
residents began forming Committees of Safety to prepare militia companies for a potential
war. On September 14, 1775 many of the signers of the Tryon Resolves formed the Tryon
County Militia in preparation for British retaliation against American revolutionaries.
Text of the Tryon Resolves
The unprecedented, barbarous and bloody actions committed by British troops on our
American brethren near Boston, on 19 April and 20th of May last, together with the hostile
operations and treacherous designs now carrying on, by the tools of ministerial vengeance,
for the subjugation of all British America, suggest to us the painful necessity of having
recourse to arms in defense of our National freedom and constitutional rights, against all
invasions; and at the same time do solemnly engage to take up arms and risk our lives and
our fortunes in maintaining the freedom of our country whenever the wisdom and counsel of
the Continental Congress or our Provincial Convention shall declare it necessary; and this
engagement we will continue in for the preservation of those rights and liberties which the
principals of our Constitution and the laws of God, nature and nations have made it our duty
to defend. We therefore, the subscribers, freeholders and inhabitants of Tryon County, do
here by faithfully unite ourselves under the most solemn ties of religion, honor and love to our
county, firmly to resist force by force, and hold sacred till a reconciliation shall take place
between Great Britain and America on Constitutional principals, which we most ardently desire,
and do firmly agree to hold all such persons as inimical to the liberties of America who shall
refuse to sign this association.
Perrygreen Mackness (or Magness)
Jacob Mauney, Jun.
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