Adams Family Correspondence, volume 1

Abigail Adams to John Adams

Mercy Otis Warren to Abigail Adams


As a result of rising murmurs over plural officeholding, JA had recently resigned his seat in the Council (JA to James Otis Sr., 29 April, printed in JA's Works , 9:374, from a MS not now to be found). On the first day the new House sat, 29 May, a mass resignation of councilors took place, and the new Council contained twelve new members (among twenty-eight elected), and none who were serving as delegates to the Continental Congress (Mass., House Jour. , 1776–1777, p. 6–7). See also JA's Diary and Autobiography , 3:360–363.