From the records of the Lexington Town Clerk
Town of Lexington 31 December, 1772 - Record of a meeting of freeholders and other inhabitants of the town.
"Then after some debate on the unhappy situation of our publick affairs …passed the following resolve:
"That it is the natural right and indispensable duty of every man and consequently of every society or body of men to consult their own safety and to take measures for the preservation of their own liberty and property, without which life itself can [hardly?] be deemed worth preserving,
"That the security of life, liberty and property to a people is [?] always to be considered as the great end of the government…
"That the inhabitants of this town and province by the royal charter (a sacred compact between them and the crown) being vested with all the rights and privileges of Englishmen and British subjects, have indisputable rights both as a People and an Individual to judge for themselves when Laws or measures of Government are Obnoxious or oppressive and to consult upon and to go into the best measures in their power for the [redress?] when oppressed, and therefore --
"That as the inhabitants of this town look upon themselves in common with their brethren and fellow subjects through the Province to be greatly injured and oppressed in various instances by measures of Government lately adopted … they can not but judge it their unalienable right and Duty ... to themselves and Posterity as a Town as well as Individuals, to take theses matters into Various Consideration, freely to express their Sentiment concerning them, and consult Measures for Redress…