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Docno: ADMS-06-02-02-0061-0003

Author: Adams, John
Author: Hancock, John
Author: Hawley, Joseph
Author: Warren, Joseph
Author: Dexter, Samuel
Author: Ward, Artemas
Author: Warren, James
Author: Heath, William
Author: Lee, Jeremiah
Author: Church, Benjamin
Author: Holten, Samuel
Author: Gerry, Elbridge
Author: Tyng, John
Author: Robinson, Lemuel
Author: Foster, Jedediah
Author: Gorham, Nathaniel
Author: Cushing, Thomas
Author: Adams, Samuel
Author: Paine, Robert Treat
Author: Massachusetts Provincial Congress
Recipient: Inhabitants of Massachusetts Bay Colony
Recipient: Boston Gazette (newspaper)
Date: 1774-12-10

Report Relative to Assuming Civil Government

Cambridge,10 December 1774. printed: Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours. , p. 73–74.
This, the second report on this date of the Committee on the State of { 199 } the Province, was framed in the form of three resolutions: that the adjournment on 29 October had been necessary; but that because “powers delegated by the people for long periods have been abused to the endangering the public rights and liberties,” further adjournment was undesirable and the congress should be dissolved; that the towns and districts should elect delegates to a new congress to meet on 1 February 1775, or sooner if the delegates elected by “Charlestown, Cambridge, Brookline, Roxbury, and Dorchester, or a majority of them” thought it important to do so.
The congress ordered that printed copies of this report be sent to the committees of correspondence and that it be printed in the Boston newspapers and as a broadside (Evans, No. 13421). It appeared in the Boston Gazette, 12 December.
Printed (Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours. , p. 73–74).