. Compare the instructions issued to the Massachusetts delegates by the General Court
on 18 Jan. 1776 (while
was attending as a member of the Council): “Resolved that they or any one or more
of them are hereby fully impowered, with the delegates from the other American Colonies
to concert, direct and order such further measures as shall to them appear best calculated
for the Establishment of Right and Liberty to the American Colonies upon a Basis permanent
and secured against the power and arts of the British Administration” (Adams Papers
was simply proposing to extend the Massachusetts Instructions throughout the Continent.