The Continental Congress


Agreement of Secrecy (November 9, 1775) 


In Congress Novr. 9th: 17 [75]Resolved That every member of this Congress considers himself under the ties of virtue, honor and love of his Country not to divulge directly or indirectly any matter or thing agitated or debated in Congress before the same shall have been determined, without leave of the Congress; nor any matter or thing determined in Congress which a majority of the Congress shall order to be kept secret, and that if any member shall violate this agreement he shall be expelled this Congress and deemed an enemy to the liberties of America and liable to be treated as such, and that every member signify his consent to this agreement by signing the same.


John Hancock


Jas. Duane

Lewis Morris

Frans. Lewis

Stepn. Crane

Wil: Livingston

Thos. Willing

Andw. Allen

C: Humphreys

James Wilson

Robt Morris

B Franklin

John Dickinson

E Biddle

Josiah Bartlett

John Langdon

Thomas Cushing

Saml Adams

John Adams

Robt Treat Paine

Step. Hopkins

Sam. Ward

Elipht Dyer

Roger Sherman

Silas Deane

Th [Johnson Ju]nr

Wm Paca

Samuel Chase


Richard Henry Lee

Th: Jefferson

Benja Harrison

Thos Nelson jr

G. Wythe

Francis Lightfoot Lee

John Penn

Will Hooper

Joseph Hewes Nov. 10th.


Tho Lynch

Christ Gadsden

Edward Rutledge

Archd: Bulloch

John Houstoun

Thomas Lynch Junr.

Arthur Middleton

Fras. Hopkinson 28 June



Wm. Floyd

Robt R Livingston junr

Henry Wisner

Thos M:Kean

Geo: Read

Cæsar Rodney

John Jay

Richd: Smith (Jersey)


Philada. 18 Jany. 1776


Saml. Huntington

Robt. Alexander

Oliver Wolcott

J Rogers

Elbridge Gerry

T: Stone

Jona D Sergeant

Geo: Clinton

Wm: Whipple

Mat. Tilghman

Carter Braxton

Thos. Heyward Junr:

Lyman Hall May 20th

Button Gwinnett 20th

William Ellery

Jno Witherspoon

Abra: Clark

Geo Walton

John Hart

B Rush. 22 July 1776

Wm. Williams, 30 July 1776

Geo. Clymer

Chas. Carroll

Jonathn. Elmer

Mann Page Junr.

Nathan Brownson Feb. 3d 1777

Matthew Thornton

James Lovell

Tho. Burke

W: Smith

Wm: Duer June 5th: 1777

Nichs. VanDyke

Hy Marchant

Geo: Frost