[dateline] In Council Decr: 10th: 1776
Whereas, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry,
Francis Dana, and James Lovell Esqrs. have been chosen by joint Ballot of the two
Houses of Assembly to represent the State of the Massachusetts Bay in New England
in the American Congress until the first day of January Anno Domini 1778.
Resolved, That they, or any three1
or more of them are hereby fully impowerd with the Delegates from the Other American
States to concert, direct and Order such other further Measures as shall to them appear
best calculated for the Establishment of right, and Liberty to the American States
upon a Basis permanent and secure against the Power and Art of the British Administration
for prosecuting the present War, concluding Peace, contracting Alliance, Establishing
Commerce, and guarding against any future Encroachments and Machinations of their
Enemies with power to adjourn to such times and places as shall appear most conducive
to the public safety and advantage.
And the Secretary is hereby directed as soon as may be to signify to each of those
Gentlemen their appointment with an attested Copy of this Resolve.
sent down for Concurrence
[signed] John Avery Dy Secy
In the House of Representatives Decr. 10. 1776
Read and Concurred
[signed] Saml. Freeman Spr. P. T.
Consented to by the Major Part of the Council
[signed] a true Copy attest Jno. Avery Dpy Scy