Papers of John Adams, volume 3

To James Warren

From James Warren

1.

In JA's eyes, Hancock's tenure as president was temporary in that he had been elected to fill the vacancy Peyton Randolph made by returning to Virginia to preside as speaker over a session of the House of Burgesses a few days after his re-election in May as president of the Continental Congress. JA's criticism of Hancock suggests the hostility that had grown up between them ( JCC , 2:12, 58–59; Adams Family Correspondence , 1:323).