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. In June Congress resolved that Massachusetts and New York should bring their conflicting
claims to western lands before that body in December. On 11 Nov., Massachusetts named
John Lowell and James Sullivan to join its congressional delegation in arguing the
Commonwealth's case. Representatives from the two states presented their credentials
on 8 Dec., and on 24 Dec. they agreed on a panel of judges from other states to arbitrate
their dispute (
, 27:547–550, 662–663, 666–667, 678, 709–710).
had been heavily involved in Massachusetts' boundary disputes with its neighbors,
New Hampshire and New York, in the spring of 1774 (JA, Papers
deal with New York).