(May 27, 1776), were given in response to the May 9th request by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for each town to give instructions to their representative on the matter of independence from Great Britain:

For these reasons, as well as many others which might be produced, we are confirmed in the opinion that the present age would be deficient in their duty to God, their posterity, and themselves, if they do not establish an American republic.

This is the only form of government which we wish to see established; for we can never be willingly subject to any other king than He who, being possessed of infinite wisdom, goodness and rectitude, is alone fit to possess unlimited power.1736