June 12

Event:
1775
British general Thomas Gage declares martial law in Massachusetts. The British offered a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms. There would be only two exceptions to the amnesty: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.

1776 Virginia adopts the Virginia Declaration of Rights that was written mostly by George Mason. This document influenced other documents including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

1776 The Continental Congress adopts the first secrecy agreement for employees of the new government. The oath read: “I do solemnly swear, that I will not directly or indirectly divulge any manner or thing which shall come to my knowledge as (clerk, secretary) of the board of War and Ordnance for the United Colonies. . . So help me God.”

1778 Philip Livingston, New York delegate who signed of the Declaration of Independence, dies suddenly while attending the sixth session of Congress in York, Pennsylvania.

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For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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