Eyewitness Accounts from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston town meeting minutes, 22 April 1775
These manuscript town meeting minutes record the two votes passed at the meeting of property owners and residents of Boston on 22 April 1775, three days after the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The first vote pertained to peaceable actions and intentions of the Provincial army outside the city in conjunction with those men remaining in the city. In exchange for peace, inhabitants and their property within Boston would be protected by General Gage and His Majesty's Troops. The second vote related to communications and the transfer of supplies, provisions and people, which all had been prohibited once the army had blocked access at Boston Neck. Inhabitants of Boston were permitted to leave the town provided they left their arms behind at a secure location under the care of the Selectmen.