Recipient: Continental Congress, Massachusetts delegates
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Samuel
Recipient: Cushing, Thomas
Recipient: Paine, Robert Treat
Recipient: Hancock, John
Watertown, 11 November 1775. (Misc. Papers of the Continental Congress, Reel No. 8).
Although the credentials as passed by the house bear the date 10 November, the
Journal of the House of Representatives
(1775–1776, 2d sess., p. 269–270) indicates that they were passed on 11 November
and immediately concurred in by the Council.
These credentials extended the appointments of
, Samuel Adams, Thomas Cushing, Robert Treat Paine, and John Hancock as members of
the Massachusetts delegation from 31 December 1775 to 31 January 1776. The one-month
extension was an interim measure to allow the General Court, which adjourned on 11
November, to consider changes in the delegation at its next session beginning on 29
November. When new credentials, to be in effect until 1 January 1777, were adopted
on 18 January 1776
, the delegation was retained intact with the exception of the moderate Thomas Cushing,
who was replaced by Elbridge Gerry (same
, 3d sess., p. 165).