Recipient: Hutchinson, Thomas
Recipient: Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony
31 July 1770.
, fair copy, in the hand of Samuel Adams (MB
). Printed: Mass., House Jour.
, 1770–1771, p. 63–71. Prepared by a committee appointed 26 July, composed of Thomas
Cushing, John Hancock, Daniel Leonard, Samuel Adams,
, Thomas Denny, and John Gallison (same, p. 62).
The second session of the General Court began 25 July with a speech from Hutchinson
to both houses. He pressed his arguments for maintaining the legislature in Cambridge
and urged House and Council to reconsider their decision not to proceed to business
until back in Boston (same, p. 58–61). The following day the House voted to adhere
to the resolution of 6 June (see calendar entry for 7 June
, above) and to refuse to conduct business in Cambridge. The committee described above
was named to draft an answer to Hutchinson's speech and to notify him of the representatives'
decision to stand by their earlier policy. Before acceptance, the report was recommitted,
and when resubmitted it was debated paragraph by paragraph (Mass., House Jour.
, p. 62–63). On 3 August, despairing of any cooperation from the General Court, Hutchinson
prorogued the legislature to 5 September (same, p. 78).