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Resolution by the Continental Congress concerning moral behavior [as printed in the North-Carolina Gazette]
United States. Continental Congress
November 20, 1778
Volume 13, Page 486

North Carolina Gazette November 20, 1778.

In Congress, October 12, 1778.

Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness.

Resolved, That it be, and it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measure for the encouragement thereof; and for the suppressing of theatrical entertainments, horse racing, gaming, and such other diversions as are productive of idleness, dissipation, and a general depravity of principles and manners.

Resolved, That all officers in the Army of the United States be, and hereby are strictly enjoined, to see that the good and wholesome rules provided for the discountenancing of profaneness and vice, and the preservation of morals among the soldiers are duly and punctually observed.

Extract from the minutes.