Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754

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Appendix: The Albany Plan of Union

PLAN of a Proposed UNION of the several Colonies of Masachusets Bay, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jerseys, Pensylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, for their mutual defence and security, and for extending the British Settlements in North America.

That humble application be made for an Act of the Parliament of Great Brittain, by virtue of which, one General Government may be formed in America, including all the said Colonies, within, and under which Government, each Colony may retain each present constitution, except in the particulars wherein a change may be directed by the said Act, as hereafter follows.

That the said General Government be administered by a president General, to be appointed and supported by the Crown, and a grand Council to be chosen by the representatives of the people of the several Colonies, meet in their respective assemblies.

That within Months after the passing of such Act, The house of representatives in the several Assemblies, that Happen to be sitting within that time or that shall be specially for that purpose convened, may and shall chose, Members for the Grand Council in the following proportions, that is to say:

The text of the Albany Plan of Union is in NYCD, 6:889-91.

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