Oak Grove in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1940 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number J-68.)
Location. 38° 10.975′ N, 76° 59.999′ W. Marker is in Oak Grove, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is on Kings Highway (Virginia Route 3) just west of James Monroe Highway (Virginia Route 205), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History at Oak Grove (here, next to this marker); Charles B. Smith (approx. one mile away); Bristol Iron Works (approx. 2.4 miles away); King George County / Westmoreland County (approx. 2.6 miles away); George Washingtons Birthplace (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Burial Ground (approx. 3.8 miles away); John Washington House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Link to the World (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oak Grove.
1. The Association of Westmoreland
Roused by danger and alarmed at attempts, foreign and domestic, to reduce the people of this country to a state of abject and detestable slavery by destroying that free and happy condition of government under which they have hitherto lived,
We, who subscribe this paper, have associated and do bind ourselves to each other, to God, and to our country, by the firmest ties that religion and virtue can frame, most sacredly and punctually to stand by and with our lives and fortunes, to support, maintain, and defend each other in the observance and execution of these following articles—
First: We declare all due allegiance and obedience to our lawful Sovereign, George the Third, King of Great Britain. And we determine to the utmost of our power to preserve the laws, the peace and good order of this Colony, as far as is consistent with the preservation of our Constitutional rights and liberty,
Secondly: As we know it to be the Birthright privilege of every British subject (and of the people of Virginia as being such) founded on Reason, Law, and Compact; that he cannot be legally tried, but by his peers; that he cannot be taxed, but by consent of a Parliament, in which he is represented by persons chosen by the people, and who themselves pay a part of the tax they impose
Thirdly: As the Stamp Act does absolutely direct the property of the people to be taken from them without their consent expressed by their representatives and as in many cases it deprives the British American Subject of his right to trial by jury; we do determine, at every hazard, and paying no regard to danger or to death, we will exert every faculty, to prevent the execution of the said Stamp Act in any instance whatsoever within this Colony. And every abandoned wretch, who shall be so lost to virtue and public good, as wickedly to contribute to the introduction or fixture of the Stamp Act in this Colony, by using stampt paper, or by any other means, we will, with the utmost expedition, convince all such profligates that immediate danger and disgrace shall attend their prostitute purposes.
Fourthly: That the last article may most surely and effectually be executed, we engage to each other, that whenever it shall be known to any of this association, that any person is so conducting himself as to favor the introduction of the Stamp Act, that immediate notice shall be given to as many of the association as possible; and that every individual so informed, shall, with expedition, repair to a place of meeting to be appointed as near the scene of action as may be.
Fifthly: Each associator shall do his true endeavor to obtain as many signers to this association, as he possibly can.
Sixthly: If any attempt shall be made on the liberty or property of any associator for any action or thing to be done in consequence of this agreement, we do most solemnly bind ourselves by the sacred engagements above entered into, at the risk of our lives and fortunes, to restore such associate to his liberty and to protect him in the enjoyment of his property.
In testimony of the good faith with which we resolve to execute this association we have this 27th day of February 1766 in Virginia, put our hands and seals hereto.
Richard Henry Lee Will. Robinson Lewis Willis Thos. Lud. Lee Saml. Washington Chas. Washington Moore Fauntleroy Francis Lightfoot Lee Thomas Jones Rodham Kenner Spencer M. Ball Richard Mitchell Joseph Murdock Richd. Parker Spence Monroe John Watts Robt. Lovell John Blagge Charles Weeks Willm. Booth Geo. Turbeville Alvin Moxley Wm. Flood John Ballatine, Jr. William Lee Thos. Chilton Richard Buckner Jos. Pierce Will. Chilton John Williams William Sydnor John Monroe William Cocke Willm. Grayson Wm. Brockenbrough Saml. Selden Richd. Lee Daniel Tibbs Francis Thornton,Jr. Peter Rust John Lee Jr. Francis Waring John Upshau Meriwether Smith Thos. Roane Jas. Edmondson Jas. Webb. Jr. John Edmondson Jas. Banks Smith Young Laur. Washington W . Roane Richd. Hodges Jas. Upshau Jas. Booker A . Montague Richd. Jeffries John Suggett John S. Woodcock Robt. Wormeley Carter John Blackwell Winder S. Kenner Wm. Bronaugh Wm. Peirce John Berryman John Dickson John Browne Edwd. Sanford Charles Chilton Edward Sanford Jos. Lane John Beale, Jr. John Newton Will. Beale, Jr. Chs. Mortimer Wm. Pierce John Berryman John Dickson John Broone Edwd, Sanford Charles Chilton Edward Sanford Daniel McCarty Jer. Rush Edwd. Ransdell Townshend Dade John Ashton W . Brent Francis Foushee John Smith, Jr. Wm. Ball Thos. Barnes Jos. Blackwell Reuben Meriwether Edw. Mountjoy Wm. J. Mountjoy Thos. Mountjoy Gilbt. Campbell John Edmondsen, Jr. Charles Beale Peter Grant Thompson Mason Jona. Beckwith Jas. Samford John Belfield W . Smith John Augt. Washington Thos. Belfield Edgcomb Suggett Henry Francks John Bland, Jr. Jas. Emerson Thos. Logan Jo. Milliken Ebenezer Fisher Hancock Eustace John Richards Thos. Jett Thos. Douglas Max Robinson John Orr
— Submitted September 2, 2009.
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