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. On 3 April the congress had made liable to seizure ships belonging to inhabitants
of Great Britain with two exceptions: ships bringing settlers to the United Colonies
and those bringing war materials for the use of Americans. Not until 24 July did the
congress broaden its resolution to include subjects of the British Crown with the
exception of inhabitants of Bermuda and the Bahama Islands (
, 4:253; 5:606).