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At a Meeting of the Delegates of every Town and District in the County of Suffolk ...

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    As the Congress meets in Philadelphia, towns and counties throughout Massachusetts call conventions to condemn Parliament's recent actions. In early September 1774, representatives from all the towns in Suffolk County gather in committee to declare their grievances and outline a strategy for resistance. Largely the work of Boston physician and patriot Joseph Warren, the Suffolk, the Resolves are approved by the committee on 9 September. Spurring his horse on, Paul Revere carries the Resolves to Philadelphia. Informed about General Gage's military forays around Boston, delegates fear violence. Hoping to give Massachusetts residents a more appropriate outlet for their grievances, the Congress unanimously approves the Suffolk Resolves on 17 September, its first official act.

    To examine both pages of this newspaper, please see the online display of the Supplement to the Massachusetts-Gazette, 15 September 1774.